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Robben rated doubtful

Winger may miss United clash with injury

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A question-mark hangs over the fitness of Bayern wide man Arjen Robben ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg meeting with Manchester United. The Netherlands international sustained a minor calf strain in the second half of Munich's Bundesliga fixture against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

"It might not be too bad, but it'll be difficult for him to be fit in time for the Manchester United game," FCB coach Louis van Gaal reported at the news conference following the 2-1 home defeat to VfB. "We're hoping he makes it.“

Demichelis back in action

Robben sat out the first half against VfB but came on for the second period. The winger spent the closing minutes clearly in difficulty, being able to do no more than limp along the touchline. "Losing him for such an important game would be a bitter blow,“ commented Philipp Lahm.

On the plus side, Martin Demichelis has returned to contention for a place in the team. The Argentine defender came on as an 82nd-minute substitute in Saturday's Bundesliga encounter, marking his comeback from a three-week injury lay-off. Mario Gomez also has an outside chance of making the squad for the United clash. The 24-year-old has recovered from rupturing a calf muscle and is set to train with the squad again on Sunday.