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Bayern banking on Robben return to boost ailing title bid

| 14.12.2010

Baryern Munich’s Arjen Robben will be making his long awaited return from injury after Christmas, according to Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger.

The Dutch winger has not played since the world cup final in July because of a hamstring problem and has been sorely missed by the defending German champions.

Bayern – who won the German league and cup double last term – are currently sixth in the Bundesliga and 17 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Their dreadful season has seen them slip to 6/1 in the betting, miles behind leaders Dortmund who are 2/11 to win the German title for the first time since 2002.

However, the news of Robben’s improved fitness will give a small glimmer of hope to Louis van Gaal and his side.

Nerlinger said: “Arjen is about to start training with the team. It looks very likely that he will be able to join in three or four times with the team before Christmas.”

It may come too late for Bayern though, as they face a couple of extremely tough away games before the Christmas break.

The German champions travel to Stuttgart and Wolfsburg over the next couple of weeks and only wins against these opponents – who are both struggling in the league this term – will be enough to even give them even a sniff of retaining their title.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.