Robben eager for more minutes

Bayern M√ľnchen winger Arjen Robben believes he needs more time on the pitch to speed up his return to full fitness, but respects manager Pep Guardiola’s team selections.

The Holland international came on as substitute in the 80th minute of the Bavarians 2-1 win over Hamburger SV last Friday, his first appearance for the club since suffering a muscle injury in November.

“I noticed that I’m getting stronger. I need rhythm, I need games. This time it was only 10 minutes,” Robben told TZ. “Of course [I’d like to be playing more], but this is the coach’s decision and you have to accept it.

“I haven’t even been in training for two weeks; I still need a little more time, but I will do everything in training.”

“We must continue to work well and improve ourselves. Juventus will come faster than you think. We need to be at full throttle in every match,” the 32-year-old concluded.

Next up for Guardiola’s men is the home Bundesliga encounter against Hoffenheim on Sunday and it will be interesting to see how much of role Robben is entrusted with in that fixture.