Bayern Munich flyer Arjen Robben will be out of action for “several weeks” after the Netherlands international underwent surgery on an ankle problem.
Robben went under the knife last Friday in Germany after the injury flared up and ruled him out of the Netherlands’ final Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Bayern said last Friday Robben could return to training in around a fortnight, but on Thursday coach Jupp Heynckes indicated the Dutchman would need at least a month before starting to train with a ball.
“Arjen has to have another two weeks of rest followed by two weeks of light training before he starts running again,” Heynckes said on Bayern’s official website.
“We’re not in a position to say when he will return. I think it will be several weeks yet.”
Robben has already missed several matches for Bayern this season due to a succession of injuries.
The 27-year-old returned to action for Bayern late in the match against Bayer Leverkusen on September 24, scoring once in the 3-0 Bundesliga win.
He started on the bench the two following matches, coming on as a 90th minute substitute during the 2-0 Champions League defeat of Manchester City then playing the second half in the scoreless draw against Hoffenheim.
Robben’s absence has not prevented Bayern from making an impressive start to the season. The Bavarian giants have lost only once in eight matches and conceded only one goal, scoring 21 to lead Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach by three points.
Bayern host Hertha Berlin on Saturday.