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Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng out for 'long break' after picking up groin injury

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MUNICH — Bayern Munich says defender needs "a long break" after picking up a groin injury in Friday's 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hamburger SV.

The league leader says an MRI scan revealed Boateng suffered a "muscle injury in the left adductor" and that his absence is a "bitter loss for the club as Boateng was the best tackler in the Bundesliga with a success rate of almost 72 per cent up to his injury."

German daily Bild reports that Boateng could be out for the rest of the season.

His injury is just the latest for Bayern, chasing the treble in 's last season in charge.

, Mario Goetze, Medhi Benatia, Rafinha, and all missed Friday's game, though Bernat returned to team training Saturday.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file picture Munich's Jerome Boateng is treated by team doctor Volker Braun, left, at the side of the pitch during the German Bundesliga football match between Hamburger  SV and Bayern Munich in Hamburg, Germany. Bayern Munich says  defender Jerome Boateng needs "a long break" after picking up a groin injury in Friday's 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hamburger SV.  ( Christian Charisius dpa via AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file picture Munich's Jerome Boateng is treated by team doctor Volker Braun, left, at the side of the pitch during the German Bundesliga football match between Hamburger SV and Bayern Munich in Hamburg, Germany. Bayern Munich says defender Jerome Boateng needs "a long break" after picking up a groin injury in Friday's 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hamburger SV. ( Christian Charisius dpa via AP)

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PHOTO: FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file picture Bayern's Jerome Boateng plays the ball during the German Bundesliga football match between Hamburger SV and Bayern Munich  in Hamburg, Germany. Bayern Munich says defender Jerome Boateng needs "a long break" after picking up a groin injury in Friday's 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hamburger SV. ( Lukas Schulze/dpa via AP)
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