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Robben resumes team training

Seven weeks after sustaining a deep gash to his right knee Arjen Robben has resumed the squad training programme. The Dutchman completed a full workout on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining the injury. “It’s great to be back with the team,” he told afterwards. It remains to be seen whether Arjen will play any part in Friday’s Bundesliga restart fixture away to Mönchengladbach. “It’s the boss’s decision,” Robben said, “obviously I’m not 100 percent fit yet. I still need to recover my rhythm, and I need more training before I get back to peak form.” Philipp Lahm also resumed squad training on Wednesday after being ordered to ease back in recent days.

Jantschke and Brouwers sidelined for Gladbach

Third-placed Mönchengladbach will definitely be without two of their defenders in Friday’s FCB clash after Tony Jantschke and Roel Brouwers dropped out of contention, Borussia boss Lucien Favre reported on Wednesday. Brouwers has a groin strain and Jantschke suffered a facial injury during the club’s winter training camp in Turkey. Alvaro Dominguez is set for a first appearance since 5 October as Jantschke’s stand-in. The Spaniard is finally fit after a three-month lay-off with a serious shoulder injury. “But he’s ready to play again,” said Favre. Brouwers’ place is likely to go to Julian Korb.