Bayern Munich received a massive boost on Tuesday as Arjen Robben, Leon Goretzka, and Franck Ribery returned to full training after recovering from respective injury problems. It didn’t take long, however, for the mood to be slightly dampened at Säbener Strasse: Robben left the training session early due to what appeared to be a calf problem. Per a report by TZ, the Dutchman pulled up clutching his calf about an hour into Bayern’s training session and left the pitch early to be assessed by medical staff.
At this point, the extent of Robben’s calf injury is unknown. It may have been just a precautionary measure to have him end training prematurely. Regardless, it’s yet another speed bump for the 35-year-old as he struggles to work his way back to full fitness after sustaining his thigh injury and suffering from a strange dental diagnosis. It was also reported that Robben was experiencing a spinal blockage, which can cause severe inflammation of the blood vessels.
Robben is racing to be fit on time for Bayern’s pivotal second leg Champions League clash against Liverpool at the Allianz Arena. As it stands, he hasn’t featured for Bayern since their 5-1 win in the Champions League over Benfica at the end of November, when he scored a brace. Hopefully the calf problem proves to be nothing too serious and doesn’t jeopardize his availability for the Liverpool clash.