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Bayern blast France over Ribery injury

March 20, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Bayern Munich are set to complain to FIFA over France's handling of Franck Ribery's ankle injury, with the Bundesliga club claiming he aggravated an existing problem by playing for Les Bleus in a friendly against Spain.

Franck Ribery
GettyImagesFranck Ribery: Likely to be a key man for France at this summer's finals. Or is he?

Ribery has been in fine form for Bayern this season, but has struggled at times with injury, something his club say has not been helped by France's medical team.

Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has pointed the finger of blame squarely at Les Bleus' doctors, claiming Ribery received poor medical treatment in the days leading up to the friendly against Spain on March 3.

Ribery was called up to face Spain despite having injured his ankle playing for Bayern and has since suffered a recurrence of the injury.

"We never want to find ourselves in a situation like this again," Rummennigge told Bayern Munich's official website. "The France team has done us no favours at all."

"Before this match he hadn't trained on the Monday or the Tuesday. During those days he was getting treatment (in France) and what's more it wasn't carried out properly. Now, it's us who gets to pick up the cost."