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Top striker Victor Boniface is out for a long time. © Jörg Student

A bitter setback for leaders Leverkusen

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen will have to do without their top striker Victor Boniface for a long time.

The 23-year-old suffered a muscle tendon injury in the right adductor area during the Nigerian national football team's preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. This was the result of an MRI examination on Tuesday in Cologne. Bayer 04 announced that Boniface will undergo surgery in the coming days. He is expected to return to the Rhinelander squad at the beginning of April.

The injury hits coach Xabi Alonso's team hard. Boniface is Leverkusen's top scorer of the Bundesliga season so far with ten goals. The striker himself had previously wished his national team good luck via Instagram for the Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held from January 13th to February 11th.

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