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Robben and Ribéry complete extra workout

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Robben and Ribéry complete extra workout

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:40 pm

Bayern's Säbener Strasse facility was an oasis of calm on Wednesday morning, as head coach Jupp Heynckes had awarded his senior squad the day off in advance of Sunday's opening Bundesliga fixture at home to Mönchengladbach. However, the changing room door did open at one point to reveal Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry. The Dutch ace took to training pitch number 1, with the France superstar preferring pitch number 2. Both are putting in overtime as they seek swift recoveries from ankle injuries, and both worked eagerly despite soaring temperatures in Munich.

"I'm tired, very tired. That's the only word for it," Robben later told The Netherlands international, who missed Monday's cup meeting with Braunschweig with injury, reported to assistant coaches Peter Hermann and Hermann Gerland, and fitness specialist Andreas Kornmayer. Towards the end of Arjen's 90 minute workout, he was joined by summer signing Takashi Usami for a few routines with the ball. "I have to work hard because I've not done anything for a few days. And I know it means I'll suffer a bit," Robben said.

Jonker looks on

Robben's training programme included short sprints, passing and heading. Fellow countryman Andries Jonker, who has taken charge of the Bayern reserves this term, stopped by to watch for a couple of minutes and urge the winger on. "I hope I'll be back training with the team on Thursday," the player said, "I'm relieved actually, because it could all have been a lot worse."

Hermann expressed satisfaction after the session. "He's giving a good impression," the assistant boss told The Dutchman said he was "optimistic" of playing a part in the weekend fixture against Gladbach, but Hermann played down Arjen's chances, as he remains concerned about a potential reaction to the injury.

Running for Ribéry

For his part, Ribéry reported to fitness coach Thomas Wilhelmi on Wednesday. The France superstar spent Tuesday working out in the performance centre, but today's exercises included sprinting and laps of the practice ground. Director of sport Christian Nerlinger decided to work on his own fitness and accompanied Ribéry, albeit only for a short time.

Ribéry described himself as tired but happy after the session. "I'm totally knackered, but I'm feeling good and there's no pain," the 28-year-old declared. He too is hopeful of a place in Sunday's squad, although he knows it is ultimately a matter for the boss. "The thing I'm most looking forward to now is the shower," he grinned before heading for the dressing room.
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