After nearly two months on the sidelines with an abdominal muscle tear, Arjen Robben returned to action against Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s DFB Pokal semifinal match. His return lasted just 16 minutes.
Robben, substituted on in the 68th minute for Thiago Alcantara, was forced to limp back off shortly after with what appeared to be a calf or thigh injury, replaced by Mario Gotze in the 85th minute.
The news is bad for Bayern as they look forward to a May 6 Champions League date with Barcelona just one week away, with opposite winger Franck Ribery also down injured since early March with an ankle problem and is also likely to be a miss for the semifinal. Robben’s previous injury caused him to miss four league matches and two Champions League games.
The 31-year-old Robben has had an outstanding season, worthy of a potential Ballon d’Or nomination, until his abdominal injury brought it to a screeching halt. The Dutchman owns 17 goals in 21 Bundesliga games, two scores behind Frankfurt’s Alex Meier for the league lead. He has two more in seven Champions League matches.
UPDATE: There are reports (see below) that Robben has torn his calf muscle, which would assuredly leave him out for the Champions League semifinals and likely the rest of the season. There’s reason to be skeptical about this report, since it’s come quite quick for an injury that would usually take some time to diagnose, but it’s still concerning nonetheless.