Dutch winger Arjen Robben could miss the whole of 2010 as he struggles to recover from a thigh injury, his club Bayern Munich said today.
The 26-year-old picked up the injury playing for the Netherlands before last month's FIFA World Cup finals and although he played a big part in helping the Dutch get to the final, he has aggravated the injury and now needs complete rest.
It now looks as though the Dutchman could be out until the winter break when the second half of the season begins in January.
"It is more than questionable whether Arjen will be able to play for us in the Bundesliga's round of matches before Christmas," Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger told Bild.
Bayern slumped to their first competitive defeat of the season on Friday when they were shocked 2-0 at Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga. They had hoped to have Robben back by October.