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Ribery: It’s a bit of a pain

It was going so well for Franck Ribéry. He was among the best players on the park in Bayern’s 7-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League Round of 16 return at the Allianz Arena some two and a half weeks ago, as the Frenchman worked his magic and added his name to the scoresheet. However, he was forced out of the action after an hour with painful bruising to the ankle, an injury that has still not completely cleared. Ribery missed Bayern’s matches at Bremen and at home to Gladbach, but is now hopeful of resuming team training next week. interviewed the superstar.

Franck Ribéry on...

...his ankle injury:
“It’s a bit of a pain and a shame. I was in such good shape. At the moment I’m having treatment every day, I’m on the bike and the treadmill. My hope is that, once all the international players are back next week, I can get back out on the pitch and train with the team. Bu I can’t yet say for certain whether I’ll feature in Dortmund.”

...the 2-0 defeat to Gladbach:
“We’re always down when we lose, especially at home. The fans want to see spectacular football and lots of goals from us. But these things happen. It’s better to lose one match than play badly in three or four. We need an immediate reaction and we have to prepare well for Dortmund, although it’ll be very tough there too.”

...meeting Zinedine Zidane:
“He was a great player. When I joined the national team in 2006 before the World Cup, he immediately talked to me and gave me a lot of confidence. That was super. I’m still in touch with him now from time to time and I’m delighted he was here. He enjoyed his time here a lot.”

To find out Ribéry’s views on Arjen Robben’s injury lay-off and the return of Philipp Lahm and Thiago, watch the interview in full on