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Franck Ribery has a back injury, may not play against Atletico Madrid


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Franck Ribery is suffering from a back injury and may not play for Bayern Munich against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola revealed this information during his press conference following Bayern's draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach. According to Guardiola, Ribery trained on Friday but came in on Saturday complaining of back pain.

If the winger is not available for the Champions League Semifinal, Guardiola will likely have to go back to Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman on the wings. While both have proven at times that they can play at this elite level, having a player like Ribery that has been there before would be beneficial in what is likely to be a tight, physical match.

This back injury is the latest injury to completely derail Ribery's 2015-16. He was out from last March through November with the ankle issue and returned only to injury his thigh a few matches later. Finally returning in February, Ribery was at times playing some scintillating soccer as the business end of the season approached.

Ribery turned 33 at the beginning of April and only has one season remaining on his contract. With all of these injuries building up in the last three seasons, one must wonder how many more times Ribery will keep coming back at an elite level.

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