Bayern boosted as Ribery nears return to training

The French winger is hopeful of returning to action for the opening Bundesliga clash against Wolfsburg after recovering from the back injury that kept him out of the World Cup

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery hopes to be fit for the start of the Bundesliga season after confirming he will return to team training next week.

Ribery missed the World Cup after aggravating a lower back injury in France’s training camp, while knee problems have further delayed his involvement in Bayern’s pre-season.

However, the 31-year-old confirmed that he is ready to return to training with his team-mates ahead of Bayern’s first Bundesliga fixture against Wolfsburg on August 22.

“From Monday I will be training with the team,” Ribery told Kicker magazine.

Ribery watched from the sidelines as his side lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on Wednesday, while he will also miss the opening DFB Pokal tie against third division side Preussen Munster on Sunday.

The winger is confident his knee troubles are nothing serious but is eager not to risk damaging his long-term fitness by returning too soon.

“I have slight knee problems, there I had to return from the USA. Investigations showed that it is not anything bad,” he added.

“I want to risk nothing now, that’s the reason for this break. I would rather take a short break than weeks out.”

Ribery announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday having made 82 appearances for France since his first cap in 2006.

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