FC Bayern München forward Roque Santa Cruz will miss the start of his side's UEFA Champions League campaign after it was confirmed today he would be out of action for two months with an ankle injury. In plaster
The Paraguayan international went over awkwardly in Bayern's pre-season friendly against Germany's Under-19 team on Sunday, tearing ligaments in his right ankle. Bayern begin their Champions League campaign in the third qualifying round on either 13 or 14 August, but the 20-year-old Santa Cruz will be in plaster for four weeks.
After two days of tests by Bayern's club doctor, Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, it was announced Santa Cruz had also damaged tissues around the joint. He will not require surgery but, after coming out of plaster, will have to wear a special cast-like shoe for two further weeks.
'This is bitter news'
Santa Cruz had only just recovered from an injury sustained playing against Germany in the FIFA World Cup, where he scored once in four matches for Paraguay. He told the Bayern website: "This is bitter news, but luckily I don't need an operation."