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Bayern Munich CEO: Franck Ribery will be back in 2015

There is a light at the end of the tunnel...and that light might not be as far as most of us think.

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Speaking in the Munich airport before Bayern Munich's trip to Greece, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge opened up about Franck Ribéry's status and when he was expected back. Rummenigge had this to say:

He's actually not doing badly.  He's back on the road to recovery.  It's important that we have simply come up with the correct diagnosis and treatment, so I'm not that pessimistic that he won't come back in the not-so-distant future, which doesn't mean next week or the week after, we will still be patient.  He will come back, that's the decisive factor with the long injury break that he's had.  We're looking forward to him being back on the field again, and him letting loose, I'm firmly convinced of that.

Ribéry is dealing with an ankle issue that has bothered him since March of this year. Though the former France international has yet to resume an on-the-field rehabilitation program, Rummenigge is convinced he could be back in action before the year is out.

Well, let's see, we are in the middle of September.  Yes, I think that will be the case, that he will unleash in 2015.

Excellent news, although the fact that it took them this long to finally diagnose the root cause of the injury is a little disconcerting.

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