Robben pleased by progress

Bayern München winger Arjen Robben feels he is approaching his best after returning from a string of injuries during the mid-season break.

The Dutch winger’s campaign has been severely hampered by a series of injuries that have only allowed him to play 11 times for Bayern this term, but he is now edging closer to full match fitness.

“I’m coming in and getting better,” he told Kicker. “I can see that, against Bochum in the cup last Wednesday, it was good and it was good again today [in Sunday’s 3-1 Bundesliga win against Augsburg]. I was happy with my game.

“The collaboration with Thomas Muller and Philipp Lahm on the right side feels good and at the end, I could have scored a goal.”

Robben also commented on the broken ankle suffered by teammate Holger Badstuber on Saturday, and echoed his manager’s comments earlier in the week by dedicating the weekend’s win to the defender.

“It was a shock, but we have to try and put it into positive energy and create a win for Holger,” he added.

“We did that and that is the character of this team. As painful as these injures are, you have to solve these problems. The team is together.”