Robben Out Six Weeks; Ribéry, Shaqiri, Pizarro Back Training

Alexandra Beier

Robben will have a six week break with a laceration on his knee, while Ribéry, Shaqiri, and Pizarro could return at the weekend

Just in case Bayern Munich did not have enough injuries, the DFB Pokal match against Augsburg provided another.

The Rekordmeister released on Thursday that Arjen Robben is expected to miss six week due to a knee wound. The injury occured in the 14th minute of the Round of 16 match, when Marwin Hitz did not hear the offside whistle and collided with Robben on a two-footed challenge.

Trainers wrapped Robben's knee just past the goal line before carrying him off the pitch. FC Bayern team Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfarth diagnosed the injury as a knee laceration.

"Arjen Robben has a deep laceration wound, right down to the knee joint. Through one of the studs the thigh bone in his right leg was pushed in, this led to a massive hemorrhage," Müller-Wohlfarth said in a statement [via ESPN FC].

Robben was in stellar form before his injury, scoring the opening goal in the third minute of the match. It was his fifth goal in four games, six in five if one includes the Netherlands friendly against Japan.

"Of course, I am bitterly disappointed," said Robben I was in great form, and looking forward to every game with the team. And now this. But I will come back fit and will tackle the goals we have set ourselves as a team." [via ESPN FC]

Marwin Hitz was sure to mention after the game there was no ill intent, that it purely was an accident.

"It was a very unlucky situation," said the Augsburg goalkeeper [tz-online]. "I thought it was offsides, then I saw that he continued playing and also went out. I am naturally sorry; I didn't want that. I want to apologize directly, because I already mentioned that I had got him with my leg."

The six-week timetable eliminates a Robben return for the Club World Cup in Morocco in two weeks time, but it may not keep the Dutchman out after FC Bayern resumes Bundesliga play after the winter recess.

On the brighter side, Franck Ribéry's return to the pitch also means he's returning to full training, as is Xherdan Shaqiri and Claudio Pizarro. All three did full activities, according to the club, and all three may be available as soon as the weekend match against SV Werder Bremen.

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