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Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben keen to face Man Utd

UEFA Champions League
Venue: Old Trafford Date: Wednesday, 7 April Kick-off: 1945 BST
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live and live on ITV1


Arjen Robben
Robben watched the first-leg tie against Man Utd from the stands

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says he is fit and ready to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in Wednesday's quarter-final second leg.

The Dutchman is back in training following his recent calf injury, having missed the 2-1 first-leg victory, and is determined to play.

"I'm ready, I'm here and I didn't travel just to be in the stands," the former Chelsea winger Robben said.

"I am here so that's a good sign and I feel fit enough to play."

Despite his fitness problems, Robben has scored 14 goals this season and is Bayern's joint top scorer along with Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller.

We still have a chance in three competitions, that is unbelievable

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal

However, coach Louis van Gaal remains cautious about Robben's prospects of being involved.

"I hope Robben will be able to play, but we'll have to wait and see," he said on Monday. "His muscles are still strained. It's always the trainer that makes the decision."

German international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is available after serving a suspension and Daniel van Buyten will also travel with the squad despite coming off during Bayern's 2-1 win over Schalke on Saturday after bruising his knee in a collision with Jefferson Farfan.

Bayern's win over Schalke ensured Van Gaal's side leapfrogged their title rivals to go a point clear in the table.

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While United lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea to fall two points behind Carlo Ancelotti's side in the Premier League, Bayern showed the type of grit they will need at Old Trafford in Wednesday's match as they attempt to reach the semi-finals for the second time in three seasons.

Franck Ribery's 25th-minute shot gave Bayern the lead and Schalke then lost possession straight from the kickoff, with Ivica Olic setting up Mueller to tap in.

Five minutes later Kevin Kuranyi headed in Rafinha's cross to reduce the deficit, but despite Altintop's 41st-minute dismissal, Schalke showed little imagination as they attempted to take advantage of their numerical advantage.

The home side's misery was compounded by the dismissal of Marcelo Bordon in stoppage time.

"We're leading the table and we still have a chance in three competitions, that is unbelievable," said Van Gaal.



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