presented by
Ribery sidelined

Winger tears ankle ligaments but avoids op

Bayern feared the worst when a grimacing Franck Ribéry was supported from the field by two members of the coaching staff after 64 minutes of Tuesday evening’s Bundesliga fixture away to Hoffenheim. The Frenchman left the Sinsheim stadium on crutches, “and our first reaction was that it was really bad,” director of sport Christian Nerlinger told

However, an MRI scan performed by club chief medic Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Wednesday morning showed the injury was not as serious as originally feared. Ribéry has sustained a torn anterior ligament in his right ankle and also suffered bruising to the joint. “But he won’t require surgery, so there’s a silver lining to the cloud,” said Nerlinger, “I think he might be in a position to resume the team training programme in about three weeks.”