Ribery injury blow for Bayern Munich

The attacker faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a knock, while Rafinha will also miss the Bundesliga leaders’ next three games

Pep Guardiola has received some disappointing news from the treatment table in the build-up to Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga match against Wolfsburg on Friday evening as he will have to make do without the services of Franck Ribery due to injury.

The former France international picked up a knock in training on Wednesday and will consequently be out of action for an estimated two weeks.

“Ribery tore a muscle in the back of his right thigh and will definitely miss three matches: Friday’s clash with the team lying second in the table, the home meeting with Schalke the following Tuesday and the trip to Stuttgart four days later,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

“The 31-year-old Frenchman will be unable to train for the next few days but should be fit enough to go jogging from next Wednesday.

“If all goes according to plan, Ribery should be able to resume the squad programme at the start of the week after next.”

Meanwhile, Brazilian defender Rafinha has also been ruled out of Friday’s encounter with Wolfsburg after he sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his left ankle, which will also sideline him for around a fortnight.

Bayern currently sit atop of the Bundesliga table, holding an 11-point lead over second-placed Wolfsburg.

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