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Robben, Gomez back for Bayern
Published : 23 Sep 2011 15:05:35Rss feed
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben and Germany striker Mario Gomez will play in Saturday's German league clash against Bayer Leverkusen, whose midfielder Michael Ballack is out with 'flu.
Leverkusen visit Bayern at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday night seventh in the league and Robin Dutt's team are already five points behind league leaders Bayern after just six games.
Munich coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed Friday both Robben and Gomez have shaken off groin injuries and are fit to face last season's Bundesliga runners-up.
"I am delighted," said Heynckes, who said both players had trained with the team on Thursday.
Gomez has scored eight goals in the last three league games, having netted four against Freiburg last time out, while Robben is one of the most dangerous players in the German league with the ball at his feet.
Having laboured with back and groin problems, injury-prone Robben has made just two league appearances this season, but his presence will boost Bayern ahead of Tuesday's visit of Manchester City in the Champions League.
Leverkusen are already without Germany midfielder Andre Schuerrle, who is suspended after being sent off in the 4-1 defeat to Cologne last Saturday, while Ballack misses playing his former club because of 'flu.
Bayern are two points clear at the top of the table with five wins from six games and are on an eight-match winning streak in which they have not conceded a goal.