While not named in the final list, Danny Blind has not closed the door on recalling his captain Arjen Robben for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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robben nethFollowing a frustrating 6-months of injury issues, Robben came off the bench last Wednesday against Hertha Berlin only to score seven minutes in his trademark manner. Since then, he has made two appearances off the bench, including against Atletico Madrid in Bayern’s Champion’s League loss this week. Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti stated in his pre-game press conference that Robben is progressing well and is likely to be named in the starting 11 for Bayern this weekend for the first time since March.

Meanwhile, Danny Blind has said that Robben starting in Bayern’s tie against FC Koln tomorrow will make it much more likely that he will give Robben a late call up to the World Cup qualifying team set to face Belarus and France next Friday and Monday, respectively. Blind, who says he’s spoken at length with Robben, will be eager to get his captain and best player back at a crucial time for World Cup qualifiers. However, he stated the decision doesn’t lie with him but must be a joint one between the KNVB, Robben and Bayern Munich.

If Robben does end up reporting to national duty, it’s likely he would sit out the game against Belarus, resting for what should be a cracker against France on October 10 in the Dutch capital.

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