PSV Eindhoven vs Bayern Munich - Javi Martinez ruled out of Bayern Munich's trip to PSV Eindhoven



Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 by PA

Javi Martinez will miss Bayern Munich's Champions League trip to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

Bayern's record signing suffered a thigh injury during the first half of the 3-1 win over Augsburg, and the club confirmed on Sunday that the Spain defender is ruled out.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, said: "He wasn't feeling good. He felt something in his muscle and I didn't want to take any chances."

However, defender Rafinha has returned to training after recovering from a groin injury.

The trip will be an emotional one for Arjen Robben, who will play a competitive game at the Phillips Stadion against his former club for the first time.

Dutch winger Robben joined PSV as an 18-year-old in 2002 from FC Groningen and went on to make 75 appearances in two years, scoring 21 goals and helping them win the title.

"It's the first time since I've moved abroad that I get to play a Champions League game in Holland - and it's against my former club," the 32-year-old told fcbayern.com.

"I am really looking forward to the game in Eindhoven. It's a bit like home.

"They were two great years and very important for my development.

"I will just enjoy the evening in Eindhoven. Hopefully we can play well. We just have to win because we still want to finish top of the group."

PSV coach Phillip Cocu expects Robben to get a warm reception upon his return.

"Robben will be greeted as he deserves," he told the club's official website.

"I've played with him, he has very specific qualities. Anyone who wants to stop him, has his hands full with him.

"We will have to work together as a team to neutralise the attacking qualities of Bayern. Our respect for Robben is very big. "

PSV lost 4-1 in Munich and a defeat in the return fixture would end their chances of qualifying from Group D.

"You have to dare to play football," added Cocu. "In the first half in Munich, we were very difficult but in the second half we did quite well.

"If you want to have any pretension to the Champions League you will have to get a result. You have to try to obtain a result as large as possible, also in view of a possible third place. "

If Bayern win, and Atletico Madrid avoid defeat against Rostov, then they will seal qualification.

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