Per a report by Bild, Arjen Robben reaggravated a troubling hip adductor problem in his left leg that has kept him out of training for the past week and a half. The injury stems from the pinched nerve he aggravated in his lower back during Bayern Munich’s 3-1 over Besiktas back in the middle of March; he has been dealing with sciatic problems earlier in the season as well.
Robben had just resumed full training on Tuesday, but after feeling some pain in his hip, he received intensive stretching treatment from Bayern physio Gianni Bianchi. Robben was able to proceed with training, but pulled up limping approximately ten minutes before the end of the session, cutting a frustrated figure. After some discussion with Bianchi, Robben limped to the dressing room in considerable discomfort.
The injury aggravation puts Robben’s inlcusion in Bayern Munich’s last Bundesliga match of the season in severe doubt. He’ll now focus his attention on getting fit in time for the DFB-Pokal final vs. Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin on May 19th.
The injury certainly comes at an unfortunate time for Robben, especially as the Dutchman still remains undecided on whether he’ll accept a one-year contract extension with Bayern. Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he remains “relaxed” over Robben’s contract situation, so hopefully the Dutchman is able to recover and make a decision at some point before the season’s over.