Arjen Robben out for 6 weeks with knee injury

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben will be out of action for

about six weeks after injuring his right knee in a German Cup

match, the club said Thursday.

Robben was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hurt

in a tackle during the first half of Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at

Augsburg.

”I was in such a good shape, I was looking forward to every

game and now this,” Robben said.

Robben had a deep laceration, club doctor Hans-Wilhelm

Mueller-Wohlfahrt said after the Netherlands winger was examined at

an Augsburg hospital.

Sporting director Matthias Sammer said he was ”endlessly

sorry” about Robben’s injury.

”Arjen was in the form of his life and has helped decide so

many games for us recently,” Sammer said.

Robben scored five goals in the last four games. He scored

Bayern’s first goal in Augsburg, before being taken out on a

stretcher in the 16th minute.

Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz was responsible for Robben’s

injury. Robben was called for offside but continued running with

the ball and Hitz charged off his line to bring Robben down with a

hard tackle.

Hitz said he challenged Robben because he didn’t know if the

winger would stop.

”I was late and really hit him. I am very sorry,” Hitz

said.

Robben will miss the Club World Cup in Morocco later this month,

next week’s Champions League match against Manchester City and

Bundesliga games against Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV.

The good news for Bayern is that Franck Ribery is back after

cracking a rib in a match for France on Nov. 15.