Franck Ribery set for early return for Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is hopeful of returning to the squad for the next Champions League game. The French midfielder has told Sky that he expects to be back in the Bayern Munich squad by early March.
Ribery, who finished third in the Ballon d’Or awards, is keen on playing in the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie with Arsenal. The France international was missing from Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday.
The 2013 European Footballer of the Year has been on the sideline to heal a blood vessel in his buttock. Ribery has been out of action since February, but is expected to return to the training sessions by the end of this month.
“I feel fine again. I am back to running on the training pitch. I like to be around my colleagues, want to play all the time,” Ribery said on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old claims, who played a crucial role in Bayern Munich’s treble last season, could face Arsenal on March 11. But Ribery is actually hoping to make a much earlier return. Ribery plans on appearing in the home Bundesliga game against Schalke on March 1.
“The last two days of running went pretty well,” Ribery said. “Why not [return] against Schalke? Should my team need me and I am feeling fine, I will be there.”
Despite returning for Bayern Munich, Ribery is expected to stay away from international duty. France plays a friendly against Netherlands on March 5. Ribery confirmed that he didn’t expect to be part of the game since had only just returned.
“I don’t think so. I don’t want to risk anything. I enjoy playing for my country, but this is only a friendly after all,” Ribery added.
Bayern Munich, who are on their way for another Bundesliga title, are in firm control of last-16 Champions League tie against Arsenal. The Champions League winning side picked up a 2-0 win on the road and are hoping to better their record at Allianz Arena.
However, the German outfit should be wary of the Gunners. Arsenal shocked Bayern Munich with a 2-0 win at Allianz Arena, but were closely left out of Champions League.