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Gladbach striker Kruse to miss start of season

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Moenchengladbach's striker Max Kruse scores from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs FC Schalke 04 in Moenchengladbach, on December 7, 2013
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Moenchengladbach's striker Max Kruse scores from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs FC Schalke 04 in Moenchengladbach, on December 7, 2013 (AFP Photo/Norbert Schmidt)

Berlin (AFP) - Borussia Moenchengladbach striker Max Kruse will miss the start of the new Bundesliga season after undergoing surgery for a ureteral stone, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old German international, who scored 12 league goals for Gladbach last season, will sit out his side's first three matches of the new campaign.

He will miss Gladbach's trip to fourth-tier Homburg in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday as well as the first leg of the Europa League play-off tie against Sarajevo on August 21 and the Bundesliga curtain-raiser at home to Stuttgart three days later.

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