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Lars Bender

Midfielder     Bayer Leverkusen  Bundesliga


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Ankle    EST. RETURN:  Unknown

Nationality:  Germany    
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November 28, 2015    Lars Bender News

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Bender is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Tuesday and will be out until 2016, reports.

Bender has not played since making a substitute appearance during a German Cup match back on Oct. 28, though his absence isn't likely to affect too many fantasy rosters given that he plays as a defensive midfielder.

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October 2, 2014

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Bender produced a typical captain's performance as he and Leverkusen impressed in a 3-1 victory Wednesday against Benfica in Champions League Group C.

Bender was seemingly everywhere as Leverkusen dominated last season's Primeira Liga champions. Defensively he was very solid, was unlucky to hit the post early on and was involved in good build-up play to Heung-Min Son's goal. Bender was eventually substituted to make room for defender Giulio Donati in the 82nd minute with the game all but won.

May 23, 2014

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Bender suffered a thigh injury during training with the German national team Thursday and he will miss the World Cup, reports.

No replacement has been determined yet, but it's certainly a blow for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder. Bender had three goals and one assist in 28 Bundesliga matches this season.

November 1, 2013

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Bender signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen that will keep him at the club until 2019, reports.

Bender has been linked to a number of clubs, most recently to Arsenal this past July. However, he has seemingly ended speculation about a move thanks to his new deal. The midfielder has one goal and no assists through seven Bundesliga matches this season.

July 1, 2013

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Bender was the recent subject of a 18.5 million offer from Arsenal, the Guardian reports.

Bender, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder, totaled three goals and six assists in Bundesliga play last season, but Leverkusen insist he is not for sale, forcing Arsenal to look elsewhere to fill their midfield need.