Franck Ribery ruled out of BVB clash
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery has been ruled out of Saturday's top-of-the table Bundesliga clash at Borussia Dortmund with a rib injury.
Ribery sustained the injury while featuring for France in their 3-0 victory over Ukraine in the World Cup qualification playoff on Tuesday and will be unavailable for the trip to the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
A statement on Bayern’s official website described the injury as a “severe loss” and added: “The European Footballer of the Year suffered a partially broken 10th rib in the decisive World Cup playoff against the Ukraine on Tuesday night and will definitely miss the match against BVB at the weekend.”
Bayern have not beaten Dortmund in the Bundesliga since February 2010 but Ribery remains confident Pep Guardiola’s men can claim all three points.
“It’s obviously a bitter blow,” he said. “I would have loved to take part in this huge match in Dortmund, but I am convinced that the team will be able to handle it without me.”
Bayern are already without midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xherdan Shaqiri and striker Claudio Pizarro for Saturday’s game, while Holger Badstuber is a long-term absentee.
Spain international Thiago Alcantara, though, is set to be named in the squad on Saturday despite having not played a competitive game since Aug. 24, while kicker reports that Arjen Robben is set to be available despite pulling out of the Netherlands' squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Colombia due to a minor ankle problem.
Dortmund, meanwhile, have significant injury problems of their own and have signed Manuel Friedrich on a short-term deal for cover.