Bayern get Holland friendly

Friendly arranged to compensate for Robben injury

Robben: Compensation for injury

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Bayern Munich are to play a friendly against the Netherlands next year to compensate for the German champions losing Arjen Robben to injury.

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The Dutch international was a key part of Bayern's success last season, helping the club win the Bundesliga, German Cup and finish runners-up to Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final.

Robben was in fine form heading to the World Cup in South Africa last summer, re-establishing himself as one of the world's best attacking wingers with some magnificent performances in the Champions League.

However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star suffered a torn thigh muscle in a pre-tournament friendly for the Dutch, meaning he missed the first two games of the competition.

Robben returned to play in the next five games and help the nation to reach the World Cup final, where they were beaten by Spain 1-0 in extra time.

The 27-year-old, however, missed the first half of this season for his club due to his participation in South Africa and only returned to action late in January.

Bayern are currently third in the league table, but some 14 points behind runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund, who have swept their competition aside this term.


Bayern, however, feel that the injury to Robben has damaged their chances of silverware, and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge conceded that he was happy a deal has been struck to compensate the loss.

"We are happy to finally end this issue," said Rummenigge.

"It is good for the football family to have reached a fair and satisfactory solution."

Bert van Oostveen, CEO of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), added: "We accepted there was no agreement in the basic discussions so it was best to end our disagreement and search for a solution acceptable to both sides.

The match will take place at Bayern's Allianz Arena on 22nd May 2012.