Sven Bender withdrawn from German squad

Sven Bender needs surgery on a hernia problem that rules him out of Germany's friendly fixture with Argentina.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender has been withdrawn from Germany's squad to play Argentina in order to undergo a hernia operation.

The 23-year-old is expected to be out for up to four weeks, Dortmund's team doctor Markus Braun announced.

That means that he will miss the start of the new Bundesliga campaign, including tomorrow's DFB Super Cup fixture with Bayern Munich.

The German international joined Dortmund from 1860 Munich in 2009.

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