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Rummenigge: It's no use complaining

Bayern have been hit by two severe injury setbacks in recent days as first Arjen Robben and now David Alaba were ruled out for lengthy spells. “It obviously hurts us,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge exclusively told, “but we can’t change the situation. It would be a mistake for Bayern Munich to start moaning now.” Instead, the chairman said, the task is to focus on the future as the squad has the necessary depth in any case. reproduces extracts from the interview.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on...

...David Alaba’s long lay-off:
“It obviously hurts us because David was in great shape and scoring important goals from free-kicks. But we can’t change the situation. It would be a mistake for Bayern Munich to start moaning now. We’ll look to the future, and we have a good squad capable of compensating. I wish [David] all the best for a full recovery, so he can at least join us again for the run-in at the end of the season when the trophies are handed out.”

...Franck Ribéry’s persistent injury problems:
“There’s also no point in complaining in this case. If he’s not feeling good and if he’s in pain he can’t play. If he’s not fit for Saturday, I’m hoping he’ll at least be available for the cup tie at Leverkusen next Wednesday. That would be important because Arjen Robben won’t be back for a number of weeks.”

...long-term injury victim Javi Martínez:
“I’ve seen him in the dressing room. It looks as though he’ll be able to resume team training in approximately two weeks, provided everything goes normally.”

...the meeting with Dortmund: “You don’t have to be a great prophet to predict that Borussia Dortmund are not happy with the situation in the table. They started the campaign with very different expectations. However, they still have a chance of finishing in the Europa League places. We have to be prepared for a fierce fight, because there’ll be no low-hanging fruit on Saturday. It’ll be a tough match and we respect these opponents.”