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Returning Robben hopes to revive Bayern's flagging title challenge

Arjen Robben rejoined his Bayern Munich teammates in full training earlier this month.
Arjen Robben rejoined his Bayern Munich teammates in full training earlier this month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Arjen Robben set to return after lengthy injury layoff on January 15 against Wolfsburg
  • Robben has missed the first half of the Bundesliga season with a hamstring injury
  • Bayern trail leaders Borussia Dortmund by 14 points after 17 rounds
  • Bayern play Inter Milan in Champions League last 16 clash in February

(CNN) -- Arjen Robben is on course to make his comeback for Bayern Munich when the Bundesliga season resumes in January and has not written off their chances of retaining the German title.

The Dutch international star has been sidelined since the start of campaign and in his absence Bayern trail runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund by 14 points.

It has led even coach Louis van Gaal to admit their title chances are slim, but Robben is more optimistic.

"It's been a superb first half of the season from Dortmund, and their 14-point lead over us isn't undeserved," he told the official Bayern Munich website.

"But anything can happen in football. We'll give it everything we've got and see if we can put together a long winning run."

We'll give it everything we've got and see if we can put together a long winning run
--Arjen Robben
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Robben badly injured his hamstring as the Dutch reached the final of the World Cup in South Africa, where they were beaten 1-0 by Spain.

It has meant a near six-month layoff for the 26-year-old, who played a key role as Bayern won the domestic double and reached the final of the Champions League, losing to Inter Milan.

He returned to training with the Bayern squad earlier this month and is now set play some part when they play Wolfsburg as the second half of the Bundesliga season resumes in mid-January.

"I'm feeling very good at the moment, and we'll see how it looks on January 15.

"If it's 20 minutes, it's 20 minutes, and that's for the coach to decide. What matters to me right now is being part of the team again."

Van Gaal has promised to ease his talisman back into the side with a series of cameos from the Bayern bench, but Robben is keen to get back into full action although realistic about his prospects.

"I do want to be playing an important role for the team as soon as possible.

"But let's bear in mind I've not played for six months. It won't simply be the case that everything's fine again just because I'm on the field. It's just not as easy as that."

Robben will be looking to get fully-fit ahead of their Champions League last 16 tie in February against Inter and the chance of revenge for defeat in May's final.