Ribery ruled out of Arsenal clash

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League tie with Arsenal, the Bundesliga club have announced.

Patrice Evra (L) and France's forward Franck Riber

The France international underwent a "minor operation" to repair a burst blood vessel in his buttock last Thursday, with tests on Monday showing the procedure had been successful in removing bruising which had been affecting a nerve.

However, Bayern also confirmed that the 30-year-old would only return to training next week and will miss the first leg of their last-16 Champions League meeting with Arsenal in London on February 19.

A statement on Bayern's official website said: "An examination on Monday revealed that the bruise, which had pressed on a nerve, was completely removed by surgery last Thursday.

"After healing, the 30-year-old is scheduled to begin exercise therapy later this week and, a week later, he will return to running training.

"Therefore Ribery will miss the next games for the record champions, among them the last-16 tie at Arsenal in the Champions League."

Ribery is Bayern's most influential player and made the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or earlier this year.

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