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Injury shock

Two-month lay-off for stricken Robben

Netherlands international Arjen Robben (26) has returned from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a serious injury. The injury was diagnosed following a routine and scheduled pre-season medical examination on Tuesday, 3 August 2010. An MRI scan performed by Bayern Munich chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt revealed a torn muscle in Arjen Robben’s left thigh.

The injury originated in the period when players were released from their clubs for the World Cup. “This is a serious injury,” explained Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt, “I consider it irresponsible that this injury was not more precisely diagnosed, and that Arjen was allowed to play. I personally offered my assistance in diagnosing the original injury on several occasions, but this offer was never taken up.”

Robben’ injury now requires patient and thorough treatment, which will take a minimum of eight weeks. “This diagnosis after my return to the club comes as a huge shock,” the Bayern player commented, “I’m extremely disappointed, as the enforced break is a big setback for me and for the team.”

“Naturally, FC Bayern Munich is extremely angry,” commented Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Yet again, we as a club are having to pay the price for a player sustaining a serious injury with his national team.”

“We will seek to reach an amicable settlement to this problem with the Dutch Football Association (KNVB). Football’s world governing body FIFA has been informed about Arjen Robben’s injury, and we have requested FIFA to act as a mediator if necessary.”