Bayern Munich’s two goal win over Augsburg in the German Cup was soured by the fact that their star winger Arjen Robben suffered a serious injury in the early minutes of the fixture. Giving Bayern the lead early on in the game after wriggling past the Augsburg defence, Robben suffered a nasty collision that saw him being carried out of the pitch.
Released for a one-on-one situation in the 13th minute of the game, Robben was charged at by the Augsburg goalkeeper, Marwin Hitz, and the ensuing tackle caught Robben awkwardly, ruling him out for the rest of the match. Visibly in pain, Robben had to be carried off from the pitch after suffering a deep gash on his right knee. Though there was a possibility of ligament damage, tests later revealed that it was a deep gash and that the winger would be out of action for six weeks.
Currently on a brilliant form, Robben has scored a total of 13 goals so far this season. The injury will come as a rude shock to Pep Guardiola who will now have to plan a starting eleven without his charismatic Dutch winger.
Arjen Robben has often been blamed for play-acting in his career as he often goes to the ground at the slightest of contact from the opposition player. But the clash on Wednesday night looked very serious as Robben went to ground howling in pain. Marwin Hitz immediately apologised to the winger and Augsburg narrowly escaped a clear penalty after Robben was ruled off-side.
I was really sorry, I apologised immediately.
It now remains to be seen how Pep Guardiola reacts to the latest injury especially since they host Manchester city at home on tenth. A crucial fixture, the match will decide the fate of the group. Bayern Munich also face some crucial domestic fixtures before they break for Winter and it looks like Arjen Robben is set to make his recovery only in the New Year.
Xherdan Shaqiri too is out injured after he ruptured his right hamstring last October playing for Switzerland in their 2014 World Cup Qualifier. The 22 year old Swiss midfielder was on a good form and had helped his national team qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Pep Guardiola had shown faith in the youngster which saw him make six appearances before he was ruled out for six weeks with an injury. The youngster admitted that the timing of his injury was ‘really, very bad’ given his recent form.
I’m gutted by the diagnosis. I’m disappointed, but I’ll try and regain fitness as quickly as possible.
He could have replaced Arjen Robben on the left flank but will now be hoping for a quick recovery alongside the Dutch winger.
But Bayern Munich have no dearth of talent in the midfield. With Thomas Muller and Mario Goetze waiting on the sidelines, Robben will not be missed dearly at the Allianz Arena. It will be interesting to see how Pep manages the line-up keeping in mind the threat Robben posed which dribbling past defenders on the left flank.
With the World-Cup looming large on the horizon, it remains to be seen how quickly Robben is able to make his come-back. He will definitely be looking to make a quick return but knows that if he rushes through his recovery period, he might find himself sidelined for an even longer period of time. The 29 year old midfielder expressed his disgust with the injury and is hopeful for a quick return.
I’m very disappointed,’ said Robben. ‘I was in great form and was looking forward to each game and now this happens. I’ll be back, though.