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News release

Van Bommel back injured from national team

FC Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel (33) returned to Munich on Wednesday after appearing for the Netherlands in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden. On his arrival, the player was examined by FCB chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. The following was diagnosed:

- In the Euro 2012 qualifier between Moldova and the Netherlands, during which the player reported falling on his knee, he sustained a rupture to the fascia - a layer of fibrous tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves – in his right knee, with associated bruising.

- Fluid had to be drained from the affected area by the club doctor today; 25 ml of blood was removed from the knee joint.

- Due to the injury, Mark van Bommel now requires five days’ complete rest, followed by a further five days of remedial therapy. He will thus be unavailable for the club’s Bundesliga fixture against Hannover 96 (Saturday 16 October) and UEFA Champions League fixture away to CFR Cluj (Tuesday 19 October), and potentially longer.

On Tuesday, FC Bayern Munich called on the Netherlands FA (KNVB) and its CEO Dr. Bert van Oostveen to send Mark van Bommel back to Munich immediately for a diagnosis and treatment. The KNVB rejected this on the grounds that Mark van Bommel was fit and able to play in the international fixture that evening, according to examinations conducted in the Netherlands.

FC Bayern Munich will notify UEFA of this case in the next few days and explicitly reserves the right to pursue its case with the KNVB by recourse to law.

“Unfortunately, exactly the situation we feared prior to the Euro 2012 qualifying match between the Netherlands and Sweden on Tuesday has now come about,” commented FC Bayern Munich AG chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The responsible approach would have been for Mark van Bommel to return to Munich yesterday for a diagnosis and treatment from our chief medical officer Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. Instead, we are once again presented with proof of an association exclusively looking after its own interests, regardless of the potential consequences for the player’s health and fitness.”