German giants Bayern Munich have confirmed that star wide man Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League game against Arsenal on February 19.
The French winger suffered a burst blood vessel in his buttock, which required surgery and saw him ruled out of Bayern’s game over the weekend against Nurnberg.
“After healing the 30-year-old is scheduled to begin training again later this week – with exercise therapy and running – Ribery will be missing in the next few games including in the first knockout round first leg of the Champions League with Arsenal,” reads part of the report on Bayern’s website.
The news is a boost for Arsenal because it means they won’t be tasked with having to keep one of the most creative midfield players in the world quiet when the sides meet for the first leg of the last 16 Champions League tie in London.
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was initially hopeful that Ribery would be able to play in London, but the German and defending European champions have no choice but to nurse arguably their best player back to full health.
However, the former Barcelona coach has several options over who to use in Ribery’s absence and he could opt for either Thomas Muller or Thiago to play on the wing, as they did in Bayern’s 2-0 win over the weekend.
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