MUNICH (AFP) – Dutch winger Arjen Robben has undergone successful surgery to remedy a troublesome groin problem, his club Bayern Munich confirmed on Friday.
Robben had been left “frustrated” after the injury flared up recently ruling him out of the Netherlands’ forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.
After a long consultation Thursday with Bayern medical staff the club and player decided it was time to undergo surgery.
Bayern said in a statement: “Inflammation of the pubic bone had evolved in recent days leading to complications around the groin area. A successful operation was carried out at the Munich clinic of Dr Hoffmann Tomas.”
Bayern said Robben could return to training in around a fortnight.
Robben had said Thursday: “I’m worried. I don’t know where I am with this injury and it’s really frustrating.
“It’s a complicated injury. No-one can tell me exactly what I need to do.”
Robben has already missed several matches for Bayern this season due to a succession of injuries.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said he would not call up a replacement, despite also being without Maarten Stekelenburg, Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Hedwiges Maduro and Ibrahim Afellay due to injury.
The Netherlands’ two final European qualifiers, against Moldova on Friday and Sweden next Tuesday, are of little consequence as van Marwijk’s side have already qualified for next year’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine.