Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out for the remainder of the year after suffering a muscle injury.
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Ribery Sidelined Until 2016
Friday, Nov. 11
Ribery made his first start for Bayern in nine months during Wednesday's 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb, but the club's official Twitter account confirmed on Friday that he'll now miss the rest of 2015 due to a muscle injury.
The Frenchman's last start for Der FCB prior to that 45-minute outing came all the way back on March 11, and the 32-year-old now faces another wait before finding out when he'll be ready to make another return to fitness.
Fortunately for manager Pep Guardiola, the club have just two more fixtures before the winter break and will host Ingolstadt on December 12 before travelling to Hannover a week later.
Compatriot Zinedine Zidane recently attempted to quell fears that Ribery's best was behind him, telling German newspaper Bild it would be "a mistake" to write the player off (h/t Goal's Tom Webber):
"Many may have already written him off, but I [think] that is a mistake. Ribery will be as strong as before. If I know Franck, he is eager to show everything again. When he is on the pitch, he has an incredible energy and is not just at his limits, but even beyond."
Ribery is now in his ninth season at the Allianz Arena, but these injury absences will undoubtedly be a concern for Bayern considering the player has now mustered just 25 appearances since the start of 2014-15.
Guardiola will look to the likes of Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman to continue providing ammunition from out wide as one of the club's senior stars sits on the sidelines.