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Bayern Munich's defender Jerome Boateng sidelined due to groin injury

Boateng, the Munich defender, has made 27 appearances this season so far, and the team leads the Bundesliga standings with 49 points.

Boateng has a league-high successful tackle percentage of 72 to his name.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will be sidelined with a groin injury, the German football giants have confirmed.

Boateng faces a lengthy spell at the sideline as the German international sustained a groin injury during the 2-1 victory over Hamburg, an MRI scan revealed on Sunday, reports Xinhua.

As a consequence, Bayern will have to do it "without Jerome Boateng for the time being," the club in an official statement on Sunday.

Boateng's injury is a setback for coach Josep Guardiola who lost the best Bundesliga defender with a league-high 72 percent of successful tackles.

Boateng, who just penned a contract extension until June 2021, made overall 27 appearances this season so far.

Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga standings with 49 points, followed by Borussia Dortmund with an eight-point deficit.

They host relegation-threatened Hoffenheim at the 19th round of Bundesliga on January 31.

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