Bayern pray on Robben fitness

Dutch ace aiming to rediscover his best form after injury

Robben: Injury-plagued but on his day is one of the world's best players

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Jupp Heynckes hopes Arjen Robben shakes off his injury worries to inject his class into Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League campaign.

Robben has missed Bayern's last two league matches and was also absent as Holland thumped San Marino 11-0 last week.

The mercurial playmaker had been complaining of groin and back injuries after just two games of the campaign.


Nevertheless, Heynckes will be hoping Robben rediscovers the form that took Bayern to the Champions League final in 2010.

"He's better. He had almost no complaints," Heynckes told Bavarian television after Robben did a light training session on Monday.

"It is important that he gets well again, especially with important games coming up in the Champions League."

Since joining Bayern from Real Madrid in 2009, the former PSV and Chelsea flyer's time has been punctuated by injuries.

His present contract is due to expire in June 2013 but Bayern's president, Uli Hoeness, envisages no problems in securing an extension.

"He knows that with the help of the medical department he can play 80 or 90 per cent of our games," said Hoeness.

"I am sure we will be able to renew the contract."