Bayern need Ribery back, says Lahm

The versatile defender has admitted the winger is being sorely missed and wants him back in action to help their treble pursuit

Philipp Lahm has highlighted the importance of Franck Ribery to Bayern Munich and hopes to see the former France international return to the pitch as soon as possible.

The 32-year-old has been out of action since picking up an ankle injury in his side’s 7-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk on March 11 and remains some way off a return.

Lahm, who himself suffered an ankle injury during the middle of the season, admits Bayern are eager for their injured stars to return quickly.

“This is not a nice situation for Franck, that’s quite clear,” Lahm was quoted as saying by TZ.

“But it’s not a good situation for the coach and the team either. We need him back. That is the most important thing.

“Franck still has some fitness issues, though. That’s the worst thing for a player, when you are having problems and cannot train with the team.

“When you have an injury and need surgery, you know how long it will be before you can return. But with this kind of injury, you never know how long your recovery will take. That’s frustrating for a player.

“The team is doing great at the moment and we still have a lot of quality. But we need players like Franck, Arjen Robben and David Alaba back in the decisive stage of the season.”

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