Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber is facing another lengthy lay-off after suffering a second rupture of his cruciate ligaments as he fought his way back from an injury first suffered in December.
The German international had returned to training after initially tearing the cruciate in his right knee against Borussia Dortmund in December last year. But while his team-mates were concluding their title-winning Bundesliga season with a 4-3 away win over Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon, Badstuber was reeling from the news of a fresh rupture which will require additional surgery.
Bayern director of sport Matthias Sammer told the club's website: "Obviously, we'll give him all the time in the world to get fit. We're optimistic. I'm confident he'll be back, stronger than ever."
Germany team-mate Mats Hummels also has an injury, which puts the defender in doubt for Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich at Wembley next Saturday after damaging ankle ligaments.
The 24-year-old was injured on Saturday in Dortmund's shock 2-1 Bundesliga defeat at home to Hoffenheim, who now face a relegation/promotion play-off to stay in the league. The centre-back picked up the injury in the process of fouling Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland in the area, which led to the first of Senad Salihovic's two penalties in the last 13 minutes.
Hummels limped off on 77 minutes and was taken to hospital to have the ankle examined ahead of the Wembley clash.
"He went over on it, which rarely means there is good news," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. "The ankle looks thick and we haven't heard the results of the examination yet. But with a view for the final, there is definitely a chance he can play, according to the team doctor."