Far more consternating than the ugly result in Bayern Munich’s 0:2 loss to Internazionale Milan was the scene that played out 33 minutes into the match: Franck Ribery went down clutching his leg and had to be carried from the field.
With the departure of Douglas Costa to Juventus Turin and Serge Gnabry on loan to Hoffenheim, and with Arjen Robben recovering from injury himself, the specter of a Bayern side with clipped wings had raised its head before the season had even commenced.
But Ribery’s injury is reportedly far less serious than it looked. Sport Bild’s Tobias Altschäffl speculated that the winger had suffered a cut on the shin. In the post-game presser, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the injury is not serious:
Ribery has a small cut on his ankle. It was stitched up. He'll be out only three or four days.
Ribery himself stated,
I was sewn up with two stitches. My ankle is swollen. Three to four days rest and then we'll see. But it's nothing bad.
Followers of the club will be relieved, since Ribery's history with ankle injuries in particular is not exactly rosy. The Frenchman missed a grand total of 38 matches to a mystery ankle injury in the 2014/15 season before recovering and reviving his career.
This time, though, it really does seem to be “just a flesh wound.”