Ribery nears Bayern return

The Frenchman has made just one appearance for the German champions this season due to a recurring knee problem

Franck Ribery is edging closer to making his Bayern Munch return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The former France international has made just one appearance for the German champions this season as a result of a persistent knee problem.

But the 31-year-old, who was also forced out of this year’s World Cup with a back injury, returned to training with the ball this week after his tendon inflammation calmed.

“Franck Ribery is making good progress towards a comeback. The Frenchman has been sidelined recently with a painful swelling around the kneecap but was back outdoors and working with the ball on Tuesday,” read a statement on the club website.

“Supervised by fitness specialist Dr. Holger Broich and sports rehab trainer Thomas Wilhelmi, Ribery completed an intense training session, including slalom runs and top speed sprints.”

Bayern are still without the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber in what has been an injury-plagued start to the season for coach Pep Guardiola.

They sit four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with 17 points from seven games.

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