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All-clear for Robben

Ribéry joins first-team squad for fitness training

Arjen Robben is steadily returning to fitness. As other hotel guests relaxed in and around the pool, the Dutchman was undertaking a thorough session of ‘aqua jogging’ – one of two pieces of good news from the penultimate day of Bayern’s training camp in Dubai. Robben, who had gone over on his right foot in training the previous evening, had not done himself any serious injury.

Following a magnetic resonance imaging scan on Saturday morning, club doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt was finally able to give the winger the all-clear. Robben has merely suffered a strain to his right ankle and will now spend four days following an individual training programme. He could take part in the warm-up game in Basel on Tuesday and his availability for the match with Hoffenheim that kicks off the second half of the season is not under threat.