FC Groningen coach Danny Buijs thinks that Arjen Robben will make his unofficial return on Friday. The Noorderlingen then play a practice match against PEC Zwolle in-house.
“My expectation is that he will make his first minutes on Friday. He participated in many parts of the training last week and almost everything in recent days,” Buijs told Monday. FC Groningen TV.
Robben is still missing in the exhibition game on Tuesday at FC Emmen. He did not come into action during this preparation, but Buijs emphasized at the end of last month that he is on track for the start of the Eredivisie on September 13.
“At Arjen we choose not to let him play two games in four days. After all, it will be the first game for him in more than a year. He will continue training with the group and individually this week and hopefully can start on Friday. take action. “
‘It is certainly going well with Arjen’
Robben announced at the end of June that he wanted to return as a professional footballer, after he had stopped a year ago. His last official match dates back to May 25, 2019, when he came on behalf of Bayern Munich in the won DFB-Pokal final against RB Leipzig.
“It is certainly going well with Arjen. If you look at how he has trained in the past week, we can be very satisfied with that”, said Buijs, who appointed him as the new captain last week.
FC Groningen will practice five more times in the run-up to the Eredivisie, against FC Emmen, PEC, FC Volendam, Almere City and Werder Bremen in succession. Buijs’s team encounters PSV at home in the first league match.