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Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is set to miss out on the Champions League clash with Manchester City next week after sustaining a knee injury that will keep him out for six weeks.
Robben was stretchered off after a collision with Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz during his side’s 2-0 German Cup third round victory.
Bayern team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt said: “Robben has a deep cut down to the knee joint.”
The Dutch international has been in top form again this season for the treble-winning outfit and will be greatly missed over the course of the busy Christmas schedule.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea man has netted 13 times in 19 outings for the Bavarian club this season, helping them to continue building the momentum from their successful 2012-13 campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to lose a match in all competitions this season and Robben has played a crucial role in helping the club open up a four-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga table.
The 29-year-old will miss this weekend’s trip to Werder Bremen as well as the Champions League tie against Manchester City at the Allianz Arena, although both sides have already booked their spot in the knockout stages.
Robben said: “Of course, I am very disappointed. I was in good form and I was really looking forward to every game with the team.”