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Ribery probably done for the year

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Bayern-Munich’s long-tenured French winger has torn his LCL.

Hertha BSC v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Just after his return to the starting lineup in the post-Ancelotti era, Bayern Munich’s French winger Franck Ribery will probably miss the remainder of the Hinrunde. According to kicker, Ribery will be unable to play for the next 8-10 weeks on account of a torn LCL (lateral collateral ligament) in his left knee.

Ribery himself predicted the diagnosis: Immediately after the game, Ribery stated, “I’m in a lot of pain. I think I hurt something in my LCL.” Ribery suffered the injury when he accidentally stepped on the ball while attempting to control it with his leg fully extended. He collapsed to the pitch and had to be helped off the field by two trainers.

At present, Ribery is being treated conservatively and will not undergo surgery to repair the damage. He joins Juan Bernat and Manuel Neuer, who both are recovering from long-term injuries. His position on Bayern’s left wing will presumably be filled by Kingsley Coman.

Bayern Munich confirmed the injury in a press release. Ribery will wear a splint to stabilize the injury and is already beginning rehabilitation. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated, “We’re sorry that Franck has hurt himself. We all wish him a swift and successful recovery.”