Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery to Miss Champions League Match Against Arsenal
Arsenal are trying to make the impossible happen, and the latest from Bavaria should be encouraging.
Trailing Bayern Munich 3-1 ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg in Munich, Arsenal face long odds to qualify for the quarterfinals. Monday's injury news, however, should give the Gunners at least a glimmer of hope.
Bayern have confirmed that wide midfielder Franck Ribery will miss the match with an ankle injury. The Press Association reports (via The Independent):
The France international suffered a ligament strain in his left ankle during his side's 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Bayern are also sweating on the fitness of Arjen Robben, who was not involved at the weekend because of a calf problem.
Bayern will also play without central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Jerome Boateng—both are suspended. As the report notes, though, Bayern have plenty of options including Brazilian defender/midfielder Luiz Gustavo and Swiss wide midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has challenged his players to believe in their chances to qualify.
Can Arsenal turn around their deficit against Bayern Munich?
"We just have to convince ourselves that we can do it in Munich as well. Yes, the chance is small, but the chance makes the impossible possible," he said (via Arsenal.com). "That would be a great credit for our team to do it. We have to try to achieve it."
In injury news for Arsenal, midfielder Abou Diaby and full-backs Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs missed last week's 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur through injury. According to the Daily Mail, Gibbs could return to the lineup against Bayern.
With injury concerns of their own, Arsenal will have a tough task against Bayern. Already trailing 3-1 after the home leg, Wenger's Gunners are long shots.
Can they do the impossible? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
UPDATE: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is reportedly a doubt for the game (via Daily Mirror). Sagna and Lukas Podolski have been ruled out.
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