Holders Bayern Munich reached the German Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Augsburg on Wednesday, but at a cost as star winger Arjen Robben suffered a painful-looking knee injury.
The 29-year-old scored four minutes into Bayern’s third-round tie, but had to be stretchered off 12 minutes later having been sent tumbling by Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.
Robben received lengthy treatment from Bayern’s medical staff pitchside and the European champions said he had suffered a “deep cut” on his right knee.
“We’ll be able to say exactly what when he has been properly examined,” Bayern director of sport Matthias Sammer said.
Bayern take part in the Club World Cup in Morocco in two weeks time after hosting Manchester City in next week’s final round of Champions League matches, with defending champions Bayern already through to the knock-out phase.
“I hope Arjen can help us for the Club World Cup at the latest,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. “I am really sorry for him, we didn’t want that.”
Robben has been in outstanding form for Bayern recently, scoring in each of his last four matches for the Bundesliga leaders.
His replacement Thomas Mueller scored Bayern’s second, heading home 12 minutes from time to put Guardiola’s side into the last eight.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who are second in the Bundesliga, enjoyed a 2-1 win at SC Freiburg with Australia winger Robbie Kruse scoring for the visitors with just a minute gone.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s ex-Real Madrid and Spain Under-21 forward Joselu scored a hat-trick in their 4-2 win at home to second-division Sandhausen.
VfL Wolfsburg needed veteran Croatia striker Ivica Olic to hit the 89th-minute winner to seal their 2-1 victory at second-division Ingolstadt 04.
The hosts took a shock early lead before the Wolves clawed their way back with Brazilian defender Naldo equalizing with 20 minutes left.
The quarter-finals will be played next year on Feb. 11 and 12 with the final at Berin’s Olympic Stadium on May 17.