Berlin - Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich need Franck Ribery
back to full fitness after the French winger returned to training on
Monday following a two-month break for his latest injury.
32-year-old Ribery endured a miserable 2015 and tore a thigh muscle in
mid-December in just his second game back after nine months out with an
Ribery's return comes too soon for Bayern's German Cup quarter-final at second division VfL Bochum on Wednesday.
he was a welcome sight running out at Bayern's training ground
alongside Germany's World Cup winner Mario Goetze, who has also been
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"It's nice that Franck is back. We need him," said
Netherlands captain Robben with their key Champions League last 16,
first-leg clash at Juventus now just a fortnight away.
winger has said he wants to return to form to help Bayern repeat their
2013 treble of German Cup, Bundesliga and Champions League titles this
"I am convinced that I can once again be the Ribery of old," he told magazine Sport Bild.
"Everything will be decided in the second half of the season and these are the games I want to be involved with."
was more good news for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola as centre-back Medhi
Benatia is expected to be back in training soon with Jerome Boateng and
Javi Martnez both out long-term.
Meanwhile, Robben has warned Bayern's star-studded squad not to take Bochum lightly.
second-division outfit beat top tier sides Hertha Berlin, Borussia
Moenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen in warm-up matches in January.
have been warned. There's no need to talk about the second division,
Bochum could easily play in the Bundesliga," said Robben.
"We need to be fully concentrated and give our all."