Arjen Robben has travelled with the Bayern Munich squad for their match at Nuremberg and could make a first appearance in five months, and perhaps a final game for the club.
Robben last featured for Bayern in the 1-1 draw with Freiburg in November, but a string of injuries – back, knee, thigh and calf – have derailed his fitness. The 35-year-old has been sweating on his chance to bid farewell to the fans who have adored him for the last decade but may get the opportunity away at the record champions’ Bavarian neighbours on Matchday 31.
“I already have my reservations and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to play again for Bayern this season,” Robben had told Sky Sports News. “It’s frustrating not to know exactly what it is wrong with me.”
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The Dutch wing wizard has scored 98 goals in 198 top-flight outings with Bayern since joining from Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, while the next appearance will be the 800th of his senior career with club and country.
The seven-time Bundesliga champion announced in December that he will be leaving the Munich club at the end of the season but is yet to confirm what the future holds for him.
“Of course, there’s some interest from other clubs, but obviously I want to be able to train for a longer period of time. I’ve not yet made a final decision.”
Coach Niko Kovac is certainly hopeful of leaning on the winger as he looks to close out a maiden Bundesliga title at the Allianz Arena, however.
“I’d like him to play more than just one or two more games,” he said. “But that depends on his health.”