Arjen Robben hopes to return this term, Jerome Boateng near comeback
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben hopes to return from injury this season, while Jerome Boateng is also nearing his comeback after three months on the sidelines.
Robben, 32, has been hit hard by injuries this term, having been limited to only 21 appearances in all competitions, while he has not played for Bayern since March due to "problems in the adductor region."
Last week, Bayern dismissed rumours of a season-ending injury, and the Netherlands international has been continuing his rehabilitation training at the club's base.
On Thursday, Robben completed a full running session including sprints at full pace, according to Bild, and the winger told the publication that he has not given up hope of returning this season.
"We take it day by day. But today, for example, has been a good day," he said. "I do have hope for this season. All in all, things are looking up."
However, Robben added that he "couldn't exactly say" when he will return.
Speaking to reporters, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he also hoped Robben can make a return in the near future.
"We need every player now," he said. "We have now entered the crucial stage at the end of the season. Arjen has often enough shown his qualities in the big games. He can land every opponent in difficulties."
Boateng, meanwhile, is set for his Bayern comeback after a three-month injury lay-off.
The centre-back resumed team training earlier this week, and could be included in Bayern's squad for the trip to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Speaking to Bild, Boateng said that any decision on his involvement for the match in his hometown will be made "on Friday afternoon after training."
On a possible Champions League comeback for the semifinal against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, he added: "Let's wait and see. The Atletico match is a goal. But I have to make sure I am ready. I don't want to take any risks, and maybe get injured again. I need to have trust in myself and then I'll certainly be back."
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.