Robben boost for Bayern

Dutch winger's ankle knock is not as bad as first feared

Robben: Will be fit for duty

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Bayern Munich expect to have Arjen Robben available for their meeting with Hoffenheim on Friday.

The Dutch winger picked up an ankle injury in training this week, sparking fears that he could be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The former Chelsea man has been dogged by niggling knocks since moving to Allianz Arena from Real Madrid last summer.

He is, however, hoping to be involved in Bayern's first fixture of 2010, with the mid-season break giving him an ideal opportunity to work on his fitness.

Club doctors have revealed that Robben's involvement against Hoffenheim 'is not in any danger', with the Holland international's latest knock not as bad as first feared.

He has pulled a tendon in his ankle, and will require treatment this week, but he should be back to full health inside four days.

While Bayern have welcomed the positive news regarding Robben, they have also been boosted by the return to training of Franck Ribery.

The Frenchman has been sidelined for the past three months, with a recent foot problem causing him to have his toenails removed.

He was able to join his team-mates for a light workout on Friday, though, and could be back in contention for Bayern's trip to Werder Bremen on 23rd January.