<strong>Munich: </strong>Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will be sidelined with a groin injury, the German football giants have confirmed. Boateng faces a lengthy spell at the sideline as the German international sustained a groin injury during the 2-1 victory over Hamburg, a MRI scan revealed on Sunday, reports Xinhua. As a consequence, Bayern will have to do it "without Jerome Boateng for the time being", the club in an official statement on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>Boateng's injury is a setback for coach Josep Guardiola who lost the best Bundesliga defender with a league high 72 percent of successful tackles. Boateng, who just penned a contract extension until June 2021, made overall 27 appearances this season so far. Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga standings with 49 points, followed by Borussia Dortmund with an eight-point deficit. They host relegation-threatened Hoffenheim at the 19th round of Bundesliga on January 31. <p></p> <p></p>Boateng has missed just one league game for Bayern this season and has won 56% of his duels in that time, creating 11 chances; a remarkable stat for a player who predominantly plays at the back. Bayern remain on course to reclaim their Bundesliga title despite Boateng's injury, as they are currently nine points clear at the top of the German top flight. Jerome is not the first big player to be sidelined with a severe groin injury this week. On Friday, Ashley Young was ruled out by Manchester United with the same setback. Franck Ribery, Mario Goetze, Medhi Benatia, Rafinha, Sven Ulreich and Juan Bernat all missed Friday's game, though Bernat returned to team training Saturday.