MADRID, Dec 15 (Reuters) - 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 latest setback.
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)