Pep Guardiola insists that Arjen Robben remains a key figure for Bayern Munich.
The Netherlands international has made just 10 Bundesliga appearances in 2015-16 due to ongoing injury problems, with Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman impressing on the wings in Robben's absence.
Some have even suggested Bayern might be better off without the 32-year-old, but Guardiola has jumped to the defence of the Dutchman.
"Arjen needs time to get back to his best. But he is hugely important for me with his desire to get forward and his strength in one-on-ones," he told reporters.
"He was hardly ever injured during my first two seasons in charge and he is still a key player for me."