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German Cup: Bayer Leverkusen skipper Lars Bender out for three weeks after suffering torn groin in Werder Bremen win

Berlin: Bayer Leverkusen suffered a blow on Wednesday as their captain Lars Bender is expected to be sidelined for the next three weeks with a groin injury.

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The Germany defender limped out of Tuesday's 4-2 German Cup win at home to Werder Bremen and a scan has revealed a torn groin.

Leverkusen are second only to runaway leaders Bayern Munich in Germany's top flight after losing just once in their last 19 games in all competitions.

The 28-year-old, who made the last of his 19 appearances for Germany in 2014, has played in 15 of Leverkusen's 21 league games this season.

The right-back has been the cornerstone of Leverkusen's defence.

At the end of January, Bender extended his Leverkusen contract until 2021 but is now set to miss their forth-coming league games against Hertha Berlin, Hamburg and Schalke 04.

Published Date: Feb 08, 2018 10:37 AM | Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 10:37 AM

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