Frank Ribery: I’m almost ready to return
Berlin (Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The winger has been out of action since March 11 with a persistent ankle problem but could be cleared to return to action on December 12.
Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery is targeting next month’s Bundesliga clash with Ingolstadt for his long-awaited comeback.
The Frenchman has been out of action since March 11, when he suffered an ankle injury after netting in a 7-0 Champions League thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.
However, Ribery returned to training a fortnight ago and is now optimistic about his chances of making first-team return when Bayern face local rivals Ingolstadt at the Allianz Arena on December 12.
“I will try,” the winger told reporters on Thursday. “I’ve done well in the last couple of weeks. I have worked on my conditioning and I hope I can join in with the team in training soon.
“At the moment, things are looking good.”
Asked if 15 minutes against Ingolstadt was possible, he added: “I hope so. At the minute, yes. My ankle is feeling good right now.
“I worked hard Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I did every exercise and it feels good.”
Table-topping Bayern have dropped just two points in 13 Bundesliga games this season and qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League with a round to spare.
However, captain Philipp Lahm says that Ribery’s return to full fitness would a great boost for Pep Guardiola’s side.
“I believe he’ll be back soon,” the versatile defender added. “I see his progress and he is close to joining in with the team in training.
“It is nice to see him on the pitch with the ball at his feet. We haven’t seen that in a while.
“We know he is an excellent player, who has always been very important to this club’s success.