Big injury blow for City's Champions League rivals

Arjen Robben scored but was then stretchered off as Bayern Munich beat Augsburg 2-0 in the German Cup.

The Dutchman was feared to have suffered ligament damage to his knee, but it has now been revealed as a "deep gash to the bone", which will sideline the former Chelsea man for up to six weeks. Robben has been in great form lately, and his goal against Augsburg was his fourth in five games.

Having been in such good form, Robben was understandably frustrated to have suffered such an injury, but vowed to return to help Bayern win trophies.

"Of course I'm really disappointed. I've been feeling great and have been enjoying playing every game with the team. But I will return to fitness and will join the team in tackling the goals we set ourselves for the season."

The news will serve as a boost to Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City, who face Bayern in Munich next Tuesday. City have already qualified from Group D, with CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen lagging way behind, but the winner of the game next week will go through to the knockout stages as group winners.

In the Champions League, group winners face a runner-up from another group, which should make City's passage into the next round slightly easier.

Robben's absence should give City a better chance of clinching top spot, but Pep Guardiola's side are well stocked in attack, with Thomas Muller or Xherdan Shaqiri now in contention to replace him.

image: © Lorenzo Blangiardi

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