Lose a match, lose a star: Arjen Robben tears abdominal muscle vs Borussia Monchengladbach


Borussia Monchengladbach handed Bayern Munich its first home defeat of this Bundesliga season, but the bigger loss could be an in-game injury to Dutch superstar Arjen Robben.

Fortunately for Bayern, the club has a hefty lead in the Bundesliga title race and a three-week wait for its next UEFA Champions League. The first leg of its quarterfinal versus FC Porto comes April 15 in Portugal.

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Robben, 31, has 17 goals and 7 assists in 22 games in the Bundesliga this season, adding 2 more goals and a helper in the UCL. The club is understandably upset to lose one of its brightest stars.

From FCBayern.de:

In a big blow to Bayern with the climax to the season on the horizon, Arjen Robben will be sidelined for several weeks after sustaining torn stomach muscles in the Bundesliga meeting with Gladbach. The winger was substituted in the first half and reported to chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt for an examination and diagnosis. “It wasn’t a pleasant evening for us. But the even more unpleasant news is that Arjen is injured,” stated chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the 2-0 home defeat to the Foals. “That’s at least as bad as the defeat.”

Robben will miss two matches for the Netherlands over the international break, including a pivotal home Euro qualifier with Turkey. The Dutch are third in Group A with six points, while Turkey is fourth with four.