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Back up and running

Robben takes next step on road to recovery

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“He’s running!” Thomas Müller used just two words as he strolled past the FCB sports ground and looked across to see team-mate Arjen Robben in running shoes and shorts, jogging a few laps of the training facility. For Müller, the club and Bayern’s millions of fans, it was assuredly the best piece of news this weekend.

After months on the sidelines with injury, the Dutch superstar is back out on the practice ground at last. Robben spent around half-an-hour on a specially tailored programme, supervised by sports rehab and fitness coach Thomas Wilhelmi. It was his third jogging session since last Friday, and Wilhelmi declared himself “very satisfied” with the impression given off by his charge.

Team programme in Doha?

Robben, who has yet to appear for Germany’s biggest club at all this season, is slowly but surely recovering from the serious muscular injury sustained ahead of the World Cup and aggravated at the tournament in South Africa. Light has finally appeared at the end of the tunnel for the supremely gifted 26-year-old, as he has emerged from long months in the weights room and back out onto the field.

However, Robben still has some way to go before again pulling on a Bayern shirt in earnest. The FCB medical unit aims to restore the 2010 Player of the Year carefully and gradually to full fitness. The current plan is for Robben to travel with the squad to the Doha winter training camp, where he will potentially resume the full team training programme.