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Cologne trip ‘too early’ for Ribéry

Exactly twelve weeks after sustaining torn ankle ligaments while representing France, Franck Ribéry is running, dribbling and shooting at goal again. The 25-year-old completed his first full squad training session of term on Tuesday morning, before scoring the first-team’s solitary goal in a 2-1 defeat to the reserves in a 50-minute practice match.

“I’m in very good shape,” a smiling Ribéry told afterwards. “I really enjoyed being back out on the pitch with the team today. It’s good news for me, after I’ve spent the last five or six weeks alone with the physios the whole time.“

However, this Saturday’s Bundesliga trip to Cologne would be “too early” for the German Footballer of the Year. “Obviously I’m desperate to play, but I need another two weeks or so before I’m back to 100 percent,” he explained, naming Bayern’s opening Champions League fixture in Bucharest as his target: “I hope I’ll at least be part of the squad.“