Emotional Arjen Robben wipes away tears after injury hell at Groningen
Emotional Arjen Robben wipes away tears in his post-match interview after putting injury hell behind him to star for boyhood club Groningen… as rejuvenated 37-year-old admits he WOULD return to the Dutch national team for Euro 2020 if he is called up
- Arjen Robben gave an emotional interview after making his first start for months
- The 37-year-old has had return to boyhood club Groningen hampered by injuries
- Dutch star was Man of the Match as he helped his side to 4-0 win over FC Emmen
- Robben revealed he would accept a call-up to the Dutch squad for Euro 2020
Arjen Robben was unable to contain his emotions as he put his injury hell behind him to play for the first time since October and star in FC Groningen’s win.
The 37-year-old, who joined his boyhood club’s academy as a youngster, returned to Groningen last summer having previously announced his retirement in 2019 due to injuries.
Calf problems have repeatedly bothered Robben since mid-October, and this weekend’s start against FC Emmen was his first since September.
Arjen Robben wiped away the tears as he discussed his injury hell over the last seven months
The 37-year-old was Man of the Match with two assists as Groningen beat FC Emmen 4-0
The Dutch star put those problems in the past though, earning the Man of the Match award as he provided two assists in a 4-0 win for Groningen, nearly twenty years after his last assist for the club.
Speaking after the match, Robben was overcome with emotion after battling back from a painful six months on the sidelines.
‘I have come a long way, this is what I wanted,’ Robben told ESPN. ‘I want to help this club and I want to play football.
‘If I can and succeed, then I am very happy. It has been a long and hard road. It was tough and difficult, but I kept fighting. The reward had to come sometime.
This was the Dutch star’s first start for seven months and he spoke of the long road to recovery
‘I had fun, like a child, and it was also important to the team today.’
Robben made 96 appearances for the national side over 14 years, with the last of those coming in October 2017 against Sweden.
However, despite his recent injury problems and it being well over three years since his last cap for the Dutch side, Robben revealed he would jump at the chance to play for the Netherlands at this summer’s Euros when asked what he would do if manager Frank de Boer selected him for the squad.
‘Then I’ll come!’ he said. ‘When I started this last summer, the European Championship was something of my wildest dreams.
‘Firstly I want to stay realistic and see how things go in the coming weeks. Then we’ll see further.’
Robben revealed he would accept a call up from Frank de Boer for the Dutch Euro 2020 squad
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