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Arjen's fight for fitness

Robben: We're taking each day as it comes

Will he play or won't he? Some 56 hours prior to the opening Champions League fixture at home to Valencia, Arjen Robben was unable to give a definitive answer. “I have to wait and see. We're taking each day as it comes," the Dutchman told FCB.tv on Monday lunchtime. However, the winger is making good progress in his fight for fitness.

Robben sat out Saturday's Bundesliga meeting with Mainz due to a groin strain picked up while on international duty with the Netherlands. On Sunday he completed an individual programme of running and jogging, but rejoined the squad on Monday and came through the session unscathed. “It's looking good," he said afterwards.

Ribéry confident

Robben returned to Munich last Thursday carrying the problem which made him a late withdrawal from the Dutch squad the previous day. “It's something in my back, which made my groin feel bad," he explained, “we have to be reasonable and smart now." The superstar is not prepared to take any risks, “because we have so many important matches in the next few weeks."

Franck Ribéry joined Arjen for the team training workout on Monday. The France wide man also missed the weekend fixture with a strain, “but I think I'll be able to play on Wednesday," he stated.