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Knee injury sidelines Bayern’s Badstuber for six months

Holger Badstuber of Bayern Munich grimaces in pain as he is carried off the pitch on a stretcher with a knee injury during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Munich, December 1, 2012.

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Bayern Munich's Germany defender Holger Badstuber will be out for about six months after tearing his cruciate knee ligament in Saturday's Bundesliga derby against champions Borussia Dortmund, the club said.

Badstuber, who only returned 10 days ago after three weeks out with a muscle injury, turned his right knee after a challenge with fellow Germany international Mario Goetze during the 1-1 draw.

"Holger Badstuber has sustained a cruciate ligaments tear and is expected to be out of action for half a year," the Munich club in a statement.

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Bayern, who lead the Bundesliga table by eight points, have also qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

They host Belarussian side BATE Borisov next week in their last Group F match as they try to finish top.

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