After two months on the sidelines with a right thigh injury, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery showed some progress by finishing his first full team training session on Monday.
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The Associated Press (via Sports Illustrated) reported the news two days before Bayern Munich's German Cup quarter-final matchup against VfL Bochum.
Bayern fans should be cautious, though, considering when Ribery came back in December from an ankle injury that kept him out for nine months, he lasted just two games before suffering the thigh injury.
Ribery's team-mate, winger Arjen Robben, said the team need the 32-year-old Frenchman back on the pitch, per the AP.
"We need him. We have difficult but nice months ahead of us," Robben said. "We have to be careful because the match in Bochum won't be easy. Bochum could be playing in the top division."
In just one game of Bundesliga play this season, Ribery scored his only goal of the year.
Bayern are expected to ease into the German Cup semi-finals with a win over Bochum, who are currently standing fifth in the second division. Pep Guardiola's men continue to lead the way in the Bundesliga and can be expected to challenge for major honours across multiple fronts this season.