Munich - FC Bayern München head to China later this evening as part of the Bundesliga World Tour 2015, but one man who won't be on the flight to Beijing is Arjen Robben.
The Dutch international winger has been advised to stay in Munich because of "muscular problems" alongside waylaid quartet Franck Ribery, Dante, Holger Badstuber and Jan Kirchhoff.
The news will come as a blow to the Chinese masses eagerly anticipating the arrival of Germany's most successful club, but the expectant crowds can nonetheless expect to be dazzled by a whole host of other Bayern stars: Douglas Costa, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Medhi Benatia, Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski - the list is endless.
Indeed, even without the services of Robben and Ribery, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Pep Guardiola's big-name ensemble will serve up anything other than a Bundesliga bonanza in high-profile friendlies against La Liga representatives Valencia CF (18 July), Italian giants FC Internazionale de Milano (21 July) and local favourites FC Guangzhou Evergrande (23 July).
"I think we'll work well, have some good friendlies and, hopefully, not be too tired when we get back home," Boateng told club website www.fcb.de. "I'm curious about what we'll find out there [...] I've had my hair cut with China in mind too. It's supposed to be very hot out there. We'll sweat a lot and have to take a lot of showers - and I don't like having to keep doing my hair."
Given the reception Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund received on their recent tour of Asia (Japan, Singapore and Malaysia), it's understandable why Boateng would want to look as presentable as possible in the unfamiliar climes of the world's most populous country. Thousands of adoring fans turned out to get a glimpse of BVB, and it's fair to assume Bayern can expect much of the same from the moment they touch down at Beijing Airport in the early hours of Thursday morning. As Neuer et al might say: "We're FC Bayern."