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Bayern Munich's Vidal sidelined with knee injury, to undergo surgery

 Bayern's Arturo Vidal in action during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Besiktas Istanbul in Munich, Germany, Feb. 20, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/RONALD WITTEK

Bayern's Arturo Vidal in action during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, first leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Besiktas Istanbul in Munich, Germany, Feb. 20, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/RONALD WITTEK

Berlin, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is due to undergo surgery for a knee injury, preventing him from participating in Bayern Munich's upcoming matches, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said Vidal, 30, sustained the right knee injury during the club's training session on Sunday.

"Arturo has a loose body in his knee. That's preventing him from stretching. He's already on his way to Augsburg (to Dr. Ulrich Boenisch). He needs keyhole surgery on his knee," Heynckes said during a press conference ahead of Tuesday's German Cup semifinal match against Bayer Leverkusen.

"Arturo will definitely be out of action for a while," he added.

With this prognosis, Vidal is likely to miss Saturday's Bundesliga game against Hannover and next week's key duel with Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.

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