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Deep gash and bruising

Unlucky Robben sidelined for six weeks

The injury sustained by Arjen Robben in Bayern’s 2–0 DFB Cup victory away to FC Augsburg on Wednesday has turned out to be more serious than initially thought. The player was admitted to hospital in Augsburg for a full medical examination and for the wound to be treated and cleaned, after which Bayern chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt issued the following diagnosis on Thursday: “Arjen Robben has sustained a deep laceration extending into the knee joint. The impact of one of the [opposing player’s] studs on the thigh bone in the right leg has caused extensive haemorrhaging.“ 

Pending the results of further medical checks, Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt estimates the player will be sidelined for the next six weeks. 

“Obviously I’m bitterly disappointed,” admitted Arjen Robben, “I’ve been in such good form and really looking forward to every game with our team, but now this has happened. However, I’ll return fully fit and rejoin the team as we pursue the targets we’ve set ourselves for the season.“

“We’re incredibly sorry Arjen picked up such a serious injury in Augsburg,” commented FC Bayern board director for sport Matthias Sammer. “Arjen was basically in the form of his life and has recently had a decisive role in so many of our games. Losing him now is a bitter blow. But he’ll get all the help he needs and he’ll be available to us again for the second half of the season.“