MADRID Dec 15 Dutch winger Arjen Robben's
desire to impress his new club Real Madrid is hindering his
return to full fitness, their coach Bernd Schuster has said.
He joined the Spanish champions from Chelsea in August,
becoming one of their most expensive signings at 36 million
euros ($52.32 million) but has been prevented from establishing
himself in the side by a string of physical problems.
The 23-year-old was left out of the squad to face Osasuna in
the Primera Liga on Sunday after picking up a muscle strain in
his left leg following a substitute appearance in Tuesday's 3-1
Champions League win over Lazio.
"He's had a couple of problems this week, but he trained
with the rest of the team today and feels much better," Schuster
told a news conference on Saturday.
"All this is simply a result of anxiety. He wants to play
and demonstrate why he is here. That anxiety has worked against
him. It's nothing serious, but we have to try and control it."
Robben has only made two league starts since he arrived in
Spain after struggling to recover from knee surgery he had had
earlier in the year.
He was sidelined for five weeks with a torn thigh muscle in
mid-October and had just returned to action again before the
Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze returned to the squad
after recovering from a knee complaint but German defender
Christoph Metzelder was left out with a left foot injury.
(Reporting by Mark Elkington; Editing by Ken Ferris)