Bayern’s Robben ruled out for two months after thigh injury

German champions Bayern Munich suffered a major blow on Tuesday when star Dutchman and Bundesliga player of last season Arjen Robben was ruled out for two months because of a left thigh injury.

Bayern's Robben ruled out for two months after thigh injury
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Bayern could seek compensation as they believe it is an aggravation of the injury the 26-year-old suffered just prior to the World Cup finals, playing in a friendly for the Dutch against Hungary, but recovered sufficiently to play a decisive part in the Netherlands march to the final.

“This diagnosis came as a shock,” said Robben, following the examination by team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt after which an MRI revealed a hole of about five centimetres in the muscle.

“I felt in really good shape, I played in four matches at the World Cup and I never felt the slightest pain,” he said.

Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was seething at the news as he had criticised Robben’s selection for the finals squad after he suffered his initial injury and claimed he had asked world governing body FIFA to act as a mediator in the dispute between the club and the Dutch federation.

“Yet again we have to pay for the folly of a national federation and for an incorrect diagnosis,” he said. “We are extremely disappointed.”

Robben, who inspired Bayern to the domestic double as well as the Champions League final last season, will miss the opening games of the Bundesliga as well as the first games in the Champions League group stage which gets underway in mid-September.

“It is a serious injury,” commented Müller-Wohlfahrt. “I find it irresponsible that the Dutch did not diagnose the injury more precisely and they allowed him to play.”

Robben, who is nicknamed the ‘Crystal glass player’ for his fragility, had an outstanding World Cup and had a golden chance to put the Dutch ahead in the final against Spain only for Iker Casillas to save – the Spanish went onto win 1-0.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.