Buttock surgery could rule Ribery out of Arsenal clash

Bayern Munich could be without Franck Ribery for the first leg of their Champions League tie against Arsenal.

The French winger underwent surgery on his buttock to repair a burst blood vessel and will certainly miss out on Bayern Munich’s game against Nuremberg on Saturday.

The injury occurred when the 30-year-old received a ‘knock to the buttocks’ according to Markus Hoerwick, Bayern’s media director although neither Hoewick nor manager Pep Guardiola are certain when the knock occurred. He underwent surgery on Thursday.

Ribery will spend the weekend in a clinic in Munich before being assessed on Monday when the club hope to have a better idea of his recovery time.

Guardiola said

“Hopefully, he can play in London. Franck is important, I hope he can train as soon as possible and we are waiting on him.”

There was, however, some good news for Bayern Munich as Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to training after being out with a knee injury.

Guardiola added about his return

It’s the best news. [He just needs to] play, play, play.

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Lee Hurley

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