Bayern's star player could miss Arsenal tie after operation ... on his buttocks!

Franck Ribery has suffered a bizarre injury, which could impact on Arsenal this month.

The last couple of days have been pretty good in the Bayern Munich injury department. Bastian Schweinsteiger came through training unscathed yesterday - as he approaches a return after being out of action since November.

But today they have received something of an injury blow - which could also have knock on effects for Arsenal.

The Gunners take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final 16 on the 19th of February - and while Bayern are in superb form at the moment they would still want their full complement to have a tilt at Arsenal considering their equally impressive form.

And one player they would not want to be out of action would have to be Franck Ribery.

The French international came in behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the third best player in the world last year - and his importance to the team is not something to be underestimated.

And Arsenal may not have to worry about how they deal with Ribery in less than two weeks’ time - as he will have to complete a quick-fire comeback to do so.

Because he has just had an operation - on his buttocks!

Ribery suffered a burst blood vessel in his derrière, which would not usually be a major problem.

However, the swelling appeared to press on to an affected nerve - with the club stating:

“Bruising associated with the damage was affecting a nerve."

He is to miss this weekend’s Bavarian derby against Nuremberg - and will remain in hospital under observation until Sunday.

Pep Guardiola however had this to say about the injury:

"Hopefully he'll be able to play in London."

That is optimistic. Whilst it is not a serious long-term injury he has still had to undergo surgery on a, let’s say delicate area of the body.

Pain and tenderness is likely, whilst running will not be likely until the end of next week.

But Bayern have plenty of support to replace the player - with Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and the rest ready to do a job in his absence.

So it might not make too much of a difference regardless.

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