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Oct 24, 2012

Ailing Robben considered retirement

Oft-injured Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has admitted that thoughts of quitting the game have gone through his mind.

In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper, Robben said he has contemplated retirement after another injury-filled season.

"Yes, with all of the disappointment and frustration with the comeback taking so long, I do have such thoughts," the 28-year-old Dutch winger said.

Robben is currently sidelined with a thigh injury which has its origins in his lower back, the latest in a long line of injuries which have hampered his career.

He spent six months out following the 2010 World Cup, when Bayern criticized the Dutch Football Association of making him play while injured, and there is no date for his return from his current ailment.

With such a history of injuries and the high proportion of time spent in the physiotherapist's room rather than out on the field, Robben admits retirement does become a consideration.

"It is really frustrating when you do everything for your job, but your body doesn't play along," he said.

However, Robben also says he has no serious plans to hang up his boots before his time.

"I enjoy football and scoring goals too much," he told Bild. "I would never plan on prematurely quitting voluntarily. No worries, I will be back."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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