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Ribery to miss Arsenal clash
Feb 10, 2014 8:37 PM EST
Bayern Munich have confirmed that Franck Ribery will miss their UEFA Champions League first leg clash at Arsenal next week.
The France winger underwent surgery on a trapped nerve in his gluteal muscles last week, which club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt confirmed had been a success, and he is not expected to recover in time to face Arsene Wenger's side in the round of 16 encounter next Wednesday.
Ribery's last appearance for the Bundesliga leaders came in their 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of this month, when he scored but finished the game in pain.
That was Ribery's only competitive performance in 2014, and he now faces a period of rehabilitation as his frustrating start to the year continues.
"An examination on Monday revealed that the nerve which had been under pressure from a bruise was completely removed in surgery last Thursday," the club announced on their official website.
"After healing, the 30-year-old is scheduled to begin (his recovery) later this week with exercise therapy and a week later should enter back into running training.
"This means Ribery will be missing from the next few games, including in the first knockout round first leg of the Champions League with Arsenal."