Ribéry: Recovery is going well

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Franck Ribéry can almost always dispense with his crutches by now. Two and a half weeks after tearing a lateral collateral ligament in his left knee the Frenchman's rehab is in full swing. "Recovery is going well. Of course I'm a little annoyed. But I keep my head up, and I know I'll return," he toldFC Bayern.tv live.

Ribéry's current programme includes cycling on an ergometer. "It's important I can work a bit. Just medical treatment would be difficult mentally, it's no fun," the 34-year-old, who is doing everything to return to the team as soon as possible, explained. But Ribéry knows he has to be patient: "We don't want to take any risks."

Despite his injury the winger joins the team whenever he can. On Wednesday morning he watched his team-mates work out before the Champions League encounter with Celtic, concluding the players are "clear in their minds again."

The reason for that is Jupp Heynckes, according to Ribéry: "He's a positive person. He talks a lot with his players and knows how a team works," the Frenchman said about the 2013 treble-winning coach, the season when Ribéry was named European Footballer of the Year. "Our relationship is simple and natural. I trust him a lot, he trusts me a lot. I'm glad he's back."

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