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Football: Buttock op to keep Ribery out until March

France winger Franck Ribery is not expected to return for Bayern Munich until March at the earliest after recovering from a buttocks operation, according to reports. German daily Bild say the 30-year-old is set to miss Bayern's next three matches after surgery last Thursday to repair a burst blood vessel. With runaway leaders Bayern 13 points clear in the league, Ribery will miss two Bundesliga matches, as well as Wednesday's Champions League match last 16, first leg match at Arsenal,

Football: Bayern blow as Ribery misses Arsenal clash

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will miss next week's Champions League clash at Arsenal after undergoing surgery on bruised buttocks. The France international was confirmed an absentee for the last 16 first leg game at the Emirates Stadium in a statement on the German champion's website on Monday. "Ribery will miss upcoming matches, notably the last 16 Champions League game against Arsenal in London," it read. Ribery, 30, who had the operation last Thursday, is "on the mend" the statement added, and will resume training next week.

Football: Bayern wait on Ribery for Arsenal after buttocks op

France's Franck Ribery has undergone surgery for bruised buttocks with Bayern Munich hoping he will be fit for their Champions League clash at Arsenal in less than a fortnight. "Hopefully, he can play in London," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola with defending champions Bayern travelling to Arsenal for the last 16, first-leg clash on February 19.

Charges dropped in Ribery, Benzema sex case - court

A Paris court on Thursday dropped the case against French footballers Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery, who had been accused of having sex with an underage prostitute. The court also dropped the case against Ribery's brother-in-law, but handed down sentences ranging from three months suspended to one year plus an extra year suspended to five others accused of pimping. spe/at/bg/as/nr

Benzema and Ribery, key men behind France's World Cup bid

French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema go on trial on Monday charged with having sex with an under-age prostitute. Here, AFP Sports profiles two of the biggest stars of the France team that will go to the World Cup in Brazil in June: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP)

Football: Ribery scoops second award in 24 hours

Less than 24 hours after being voted player of the tournament at the Club World Cup, France's Franck Ribery has again been named Man of the Year in Germany. After he also won the title in 2008, German football magazine Kicker voted the 30-year-old France star their man of 2013 for his outstanding displays for Bayern Munich. The France winger joins some prestigious previous winners including Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp in 2012 and Germany boss Joachim Loew, the 2011 recipient.

Football: Ribery's 'fingers crossed' for Ballon d'Or

Bayern Munich's France midfielder Franck Ribery has said he is "keeping his fingers crossed" having been named amongst the three finalists for the Ballon d'Or. "It's good for me to be named in the three, but we'll have to see, I'll keep my fingers crossed," he said after Bayern's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City with Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo also named. "I'm happy, happy for me, for the club, for my whole family.

France must not be scared, says in-form Ribery

PARIS (Reuters) - Franck Ribery believes he is having the best year of his career and says France should not be scared by the prospect of their two-legged World Cup playoff against Ukraine. The 30-year-old Ribery, widely regarded as one of the main contenders for the FIFA Player of the Year award, is expected to be France's main weapon when they visit Ukraine on Friday.

Football: Bayern bank on Ribery to face Pilsen

Bayern Munich expect to have European footballer of the year Franck Ribery fit for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Viktoria Pilsen, but Brazil's Dante is out. France winger Ribery missed Saturday's 4-1 win over Mainz after suffering an ankle injury in training on Friday, but should be fit to face Pilsen at Munich's Allianz Arena. "The foot is a bit hurt, but it's not too bad," said Ribery, who missed the home win which kept Bayern top of the Bundesliga. "I had wanted to play, but the doctor said that would be too much of a risk.

Football: France's Ribery doubtful for Belarus clash

France winger Franck Ribery is rated as doubtful for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier away to Belarus, according to his club Bayern Munich. The 30-year-old Ribery played the full 90 minutes of France's goalless draw with Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday, which was the fifth game in succession Didier Deschamps' side failed to score. Ribery sat out training over the weekend with a strained buttock and is not optimistic of his chances of playing Belarus with France second in the group and three points behind leaders Spain.
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