Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that his superstar Arjen Robben will be forced to the sidelines during Bayern’s cup game against rivals Borussia Dortmund
The Bundesliga leaders will be without their favourite Dutch attacker, as they get ready for their DFB-Pokal last-16 clash with Borussia Dortmund, which will be on Wednesday. Robben will have to sit after failing to shake off a thigh injury in time.
Robben sustained the issue in Bayern’s 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League on November 22 and has not featured since for the Bundesliga champions, GOAL reports.
Although the Dutch star hasn’t featured for a few games now, it seems like the last-16 fixture against Dortmund has come to soon for him. Bayern fans can’t wait to see the former Netherlands international back in action, but head coach Heynckes has confirmed that they will have to wait a little more.
“Arjen Robben has trained well and is almost pain-free. But I don’t want to risk him. Arjen himself has said it’s too soon, so he’s not involved for the match against Dortmund,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes admitted at a pre-game press conference.
Heynckes also stressed the importance of Robert Lewandowski to his plans, with the Poland international having been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in January after expressing frustration at player recruitment, GOAL continues.
“For me, Lewandowski is one of the three best strikers in the world. He will be very important in the second half of the season because he’s always there when the team needs him,” the manager concluded.
Whether Lewandowski and the rest of the Bayern team will be enough without Arjen Robben to beat their rivals, we shall see on Wednesday. After their game, both teams will go on their winter breaks before getting back to the Bundesliga in mid-January.