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Robben: It was super

Dutch ace resumes squad programme at last

Almost as if the weather knew something special and memorable was happening, the driving snow of recent days stopped and a few rays of weak winter sunshine illuminated the Bayern training ground on Thursday, greeting Arjen Robben’s long-awaited return to action. The Dutch superstar took part in the scheduled squad training session for the first time this season - and was clearly thrilled to be back.

“That was super,” the 26-year-old informed following the 75-minute workout, which also heralded the return of Bayern’s feared right-left wing combination: Franck Ribéry sent over the crosses from the left, and Robben from the right. “I’m part of the team again,” the Dutch ace enthused, “I’ve worked towards this for a long time, and I’ve worked a lot. Being back out on the pitch with the lads is an indescribable feeling.”