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‘We’re right back in it’

Relief and delight after second win of term

The players, the coaching staff and leading officials made no secret of their relief at Bayern’s last-gasp 2-1 victory away to Hoffenheim, but the mood in the FCB camp was far from euphoric. From a sporting perspective, it was a welcome return to winning ways after a run of three games without a goal or a victory, but a shadow was cast over an otherwise satisfactory evening by an injury to Franck Ribéry.

“It’ll be a drama if he’s out for a long time,” director of sport Christian Nerlinger admitted after the final whistle at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, where a 30,150 full house watched the game. Ribéry went over on his right ankle after 62 minutes and was supported from the field. Fortunately, the news on Wednesday was not as calamitous as had been feared: the Frenchman will be out of action for around four weeks with torn ankle ligaments.

Until the injury, the winger had been one of the most impressive men on display. Just seconds before the incident in question, Ribéry set up Thomas Müller’s equaliser with a shot which home keeper Daniel Haas could only parry. The double winners had fallen behind to a Vedad Ibisevic strike just 34 seconds into the match.