Bayern Munich winger and World Cup finalist Arjen Robben has sustained a long-term injury that will rule him out of competitive football for a period of up to two months. Robben missed the start of the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign with a thigh injury, and the way he was rushed back to fitness seems to have been detrimental to him in the end. It is reported that the Bayern Munich man has now torn the same thigh muscle that was injured earlier on in the summer.
Bayern Munich physio Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt spoke out about Robben’s injury to the press earlier today;
“This is a very serious injury. The scan has revealed a hole of five centimetre in the muscle. It’s irresponsible that he played at the World Cup with this injury and that nobody spotted this injury before. I’ve offered the Dutch my help on more than one occasion during the World Cup, but nobody was interested in my help.”
Bayern Munich start their season this weekend against Schalke in the German SuperCup, a rematch of the friendly encounter between the two sides just days ago, which Schalke won 3-1. Without Robben, it is likely that Toni Kroos will slot into the side as the attacking midfielder, with Ribery on his left and Thomas Mueller on his right, a position the young German striker excelled in at the World Cup.
The loss of Robben so early on certainly is a blow to Bayern Munich, and the pressure will now most certainly be on Bayern Munich’s younger stars to step up and fill the Dutchman’s boots. Bayern Munich open their season against Wolfsburg on August 20th.