FC Bayern München’s Claudio Pizarro will be out of action for six weeks with a knee injury.
Torn cruciate ligaments
The Peruvian striker complained about pains in the knee following this week's German Cup win against FC Schalke 04 and the injury was assessed by club doctor Hans Müller Wohlfarht who confirmed he had torn cruciate ligaments.
"It's one of those things that can happen," said Pizarro. "Of course it's unfortunate that I will be out at a time where we are struggling to regain our killer instinct up front but hopefully I will be back soon."
Pizarro underwent surgery on Friday morning, joining the injury list ahead of Bayern's trip to fifth-placed VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. The 1. Bundesliga leaders are already without Mehmet Scholl, Sammy Kuffour, Willy Sagnol and Hasan Salimadzic through long-term injuries.