Robben makes U-turn on retirement

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben denies he'll be retiring anytime soon.

"Yes, in the disappointment and the frustration that it is taking so long to make a come back, I have had such thoughts," he told German daily Bild on Tuesday.

"It's really frustrating when you do everything for your job and your body cannot keep up.

"But I also said I have far too much fun playing football and scoring goals to retire of my own free will.

"Don't worry, I will soon be back again. Retirement? Absolutely not!"

The 28-year-old's words put in context those he used in an interview with Dutch television NOS as he recovers from a hamstring injury he suffered at the end of September having been injured at least once every year since 2004.

"I have wanted to give away my football boots and finish (my career)," Robben has said having admitted ideas of retirement "haunt my thoughts and not just now".

After Bayern's 1-0 win at Lille in the UEFA Champions League, coach Jupp Heynckes has even said Robben may be fit for Monday's (AEDT) Bundesliga match at Bayer Leverkusen with the Bavarians looking for their ninth straight league win.

"He trained on Tuesday without problems, I am optimistic he can play at the end of the week," said the Bayern coach.

Source AFP