Robben poised to return
Louis van Gaal expects Arjen Robben back in action next month, while Bayern have not finalised Luiz Gustavo's capture.
Last Updated: 23/12/10 10:47am
Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal expects Arjen Robben back in action next month, while the club have not finalised Luiz Gustavo's capture.
The Holland international has not played for the Bundesliga giants since returning from the World Cup in South Africa with a torn hamstring.
Van Gaal has confirmed the former Chelsea and Real Madrid ace is back in full training and is pain free, although he will need to be patient for a little longer.
"He's very good in training and he feels absolutely no pain," said Van Gaal.
"He's very impatient to play, it's normal after six months out, but he has to wait until January 15."
Van Gaal has ruled out the 26-year-old playing during Wednesday's German Cup tie against Stuttgart. "If I do that I think that Dr. Muller-Wohlfahrt would have a heart attack," joked the Dutch coach.
Meanwhile, Bayern supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists no decision has been made over the possible signing of Hoffenheim's Brazilian midfielder Gustavo.
Hoffenheim co-owner Dietmar Hopp stated he thought it was 'pretty clear' Gustavo would join Bayern next summer, quotes that Rummenigge feel are premature.
"Mr (Dietmar) Hopp's comments surprised me," he told Munchner Merkur daily. "I can confirm that discussions have taken place but a decision has not yet been taken."
Finally, Rummenigge has also cast further doubt on the future of Bayern captain Mark van Bommel, who is out of contract at the end of the season, by stating the club do not automatically renew deals.
"I've spoken to Mark again recently and I've heard him say that he wants to stay at least until the end of the season," he concluded.
"He's a great captain, one of the best I've worked with at Bayern, but we don't automatically extend contracts."