Badstuber: I'm burning to get back for Bayern

The defender has been out of action since December 2012 and is desperate to play under Pep Guardiola, while Arjen Robben expects a speedy recovery from his injury

Long-term Bayern Munich absentee Holger Badstuber has expressed his “burning” desire to get back on the pitch for the club.

The Germany international, 24, has been sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury since December 2012 but is training with the team during the Bundesliga winter break in Doha, where he says the Bavarians are giving him plenty of time and encouragement to recover fully.

“I’m burning to get back out on the pitch. I miss the game,” Badstuber told die Roten’s official website. “But I mustn’t overdo it on the knee.

“The main thing for me is to get fit again. Bayern are giving me all the time in the world. I know approximately how much longer it’ll go on. But I also know just how long it takes to get back into the swing of it after such a long break.

“I’m delighted to be part of the team again, though. Pep Guardiola is making sure I feel good and he’s showing me I still belong.”

Contrastingly, Arjen Robben has enjoyed an excellent season so far and, after missing out on Bayern’s Club World Cup victory due to a knee injury, the winger believes he will be fit in time for the German league restart in two weeks’ time.

“I think I just need a couple more days,” the Dutchman said. “Everything’s on track. It’s all going brilliantly and positively.”

Guardiola’s table-toppers get 2014 under way with a trip to Borussia Monchengladbach on January 24.

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