Ribery aims for July return

Ribery has not played since limping out of Bayern’s 7-0 drubbing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League’s last 16, first leg tie, on March 11 and described the injury as a catastrophe.

The France winger admits the injury continues to test his patience but he hopes to start running again soon and make a full recovery for pre-season in July.

He is confident that Bayern Munich are not eyeing up replacements for him despite his long term absence.

“That’s not a problem for me. If I am 100 percent fit, then anyone who wants my place can come,”??

“The injury is getting on my nerves, it’s a catastrophe,” he told German daily Bild. “I have everything which one can only dream of in life, but I am not free.

“I think about my football the time. I just want to run! I want to play! I have to be able to train in order to be happy.”

He took himself off on holiday to Ibiza and Paris, with a physiotherapist in tow, in a bid to cheer him up, but revealed the injury played on his mind the whole time.

“I thought it would help, but I hardly had any fun on holiday,” he said, after Bayern won the Bundesliga title and bowed out of the Champions League semi-finals without him.