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Robben and Van Buyten likely to feature

Sunday has brought good news from the Bayern medical unit, as both Arjen Robben and Daniel van Buyten were cleared to travel with the squad on Tuesday morning when the FCB party sets off for the Champions League quarter-final return away to Manchester United.

Robben, recently sidelined with a minor calf strain, sat out both the 2-1 home win against United, and Saturday’s victory by the same score away to Schalke in the Bundesliga. The winger was also unable to train with the squad on Sunday. However, the Netherlands international is receiving intensive treatment and is on the road to recovery. “I have hopes he’ll be able to play, but we’ll have to wait and see. His muscles are still strained,” coach Louis van Gaal commented.

Schweinsteiger to return

Daniel van Buyten also stands a good chance of making Wednesday night’s clash at Old Trafford. The Belgian sustained a sharp blow just above the left knee in a collision with Schalke wide man Jefferson Farfan on Saturday, and was forced to give way to Martin Demichelis with just 22 minutes on the Veltins Arena clock.

The squad has been given the day off on Monday, but both Van Buyten and Robben will report to the Säbener Strasse for ongoing treatment from the medical unit. A decision over the pair’s fitness to play on Wednesday will almost certainly be left until matchday itself. Van Gaal’s line up at Old Trafford will definitely include Bastian Schweinsteiger, who missed the first leg with suspension.