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Hamstring strain sidelines Holland star

Last Updated: 03/08/10 4:05pm

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Robben: Hamstring tear

Robben: Hamstring tear

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Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have been angered by the news that Arjen Robben will be sidelined for eight weeks.

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The talented winger was rushed back from injury by Holland to participate in the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The 26-year-old was injured in his country's warm-up matches, although a special treatment programme helped him recover in time for the tournament.

He featured in the final against Spain, but was unable to prevent De Oranje from slipping to a 1-0 defeat.

Robben underwent a scan on Tuesday and Bayern club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt believes a clear hamstring tear was overlooked.

"It is a clear tear," said Muller-Wohlfahrt. "I offered several times to help with the diagnosis but was not called.

"I find it irresponsible that this was not diagnosed accurately and that Arjen has played with it."


Robben, who will now miss the start of the Bundesliga campaign and the opening Champions League matches, has expressed his shock at the news.

"This diagnosis after my return to Bayern is a shock," Robben said. "I am very disappointed. The enforced break is bitter for me and the team."

Bayern will now seek compensation from the Dutch federation (KNVB) and have asked Fifa to step in as a mediator if necessary.

"Of course, Bayern Munich are very angry," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"Once again we must pay the bill as a club after a player is seriously injured playing for a national team."

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