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Franck Ribery ruled out for Bayern's Arsenal clash

Updated: Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 08:30 | Comments

Franck Ribery is recovering from surgery
Franck Ribery is recovering from surgery

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League tie with Arsenal, the Bundesliga club have announced.

The France international underwent a "minor operation" to repair a burst blood vessel in his buttock last Thursday, with tests on Monday showing the procedure had been successful in removing bruising which had been affecting a nerve.

However, Bayern also confirmed that the 30-year-old would only return to training next week and will miss the first leg of their last-16 Champions League meeting with Arsenal in London on 19 February.

A statement on Bayern's official website said: "An examination on Monday revealed that the bruise, which had pressed on a nerve, was completely removed by surgery last Thursday.

"After healing, the 30-year-old is scheduled to begin exercise therapy later this week and, a week later, he will return to running training.

"Therefore Ribery will miss the next games for the record champions, among them the last-16 tie at Arsenal in the Champions League."

Ribery is Bayern's most influential player and made the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or earlier this year.

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