Robben needs a miracle to face Atletico - Guardiola

The Bavarians boss says it is very unlikely that the Dutchman will participate in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Diego Simeone's men at the Vicente Calderon

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola says injured winger Arjen Robben "will need a miracle" if he is to play a part in the first leg of his side's Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid.

Robben has been out of action since the goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund on March 5 due to an adductor problem.

Bayern face Hertha Berlin before locking horns with Atletico next week and Guardiola says Robben, as well as Jerome Boateng - who has not featured since January because of a groin injury - are both definitely ruled out of their side's trip to the Olympiastadion.

The Spaniard has confirmed both are making good progress on their respective injuries but while he admits Boateng has a chance of being available for selection against Atletico, the former Barcelona boss is less optimistic about Robben's chances.

"Boateng is not an option for the game against Hertha," Guardiola said at a news conference. "It's up to him to decide when he is ready.

"Robben is not an option for Hertha, either. He would need a miracle to be ready for the match against Atletico."


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Robben himself, meanwhile, is staying positive regarding his recovery, but acknowledged he still needs a bit of time.

"We are taking things one step at a time," the winger told Bild.

"I don't know when exactly I will be back. I am hopeful I will make my comeback this season and I am on the right path."

While Boateng could make his return against Atletico, he is adamant he will not be taking any risks with Euro 2016 fast approaching.

"I am the one who decides when I will return. I want to be training at 100 per cent again first," the Germany defender told Bild.

"The first leg against Atletico is my objective, but we will have to wait and see whether that is a realistic goal. I do not want to take any risks. It's no good when I return and then get injured again, thus missing out on the most important matches.

"I never had any doubts about the Euros, but I obviously couldn't guarantee anything. I just need games to get back to my best."