Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng could be out three months

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Bayern Munich released more information on the injury to defender Jerome Boateng, and it’s not good.

The club confirmed that he suffered a groin injury and that he would be out for “a long time.” According to German publication Bild, Boateng is likely out for three months, which leaves Bayern Munich unquestionably thin in defense.

With Boateng potentially out until mid-April, and Medhi Benatia also injured until at least early February, that leaves just Holger Badstuber and Javi Martinez as the only central defenders left on the roster. Badstuber has managed just 25 Bundesliga appearances over the last three seasons thanks to long-term injuries, and Martinez is a more natural midfielder than defender.

Boateng has been a rock for the German champions in recent years. Since arriving from Manchester City in 2011, he’s made at least 25 league appearances in every season.

“Without Benatia, Boateng and with a not entirely healthy Javi Martinez we have a problem,” manager Pep Guardiola said after their 1-0 win over Hamburg.

It’s possible that this could spring Bayern to action towards the end of the transfer window as they look to strengthen their defensive numbers. The club currently sits eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table. They have by far the league’s defensive record, with just nine goals conceded in 18 matches this season.