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Ribery hopes for early March return

Franck Ribery has revealed to Sky that he hopes to return to the Bayern Munich squad in early March, and the forward could be in line to face Arsenal in the second leg of their Champions league tie.

Ribery is recovering from surgery on a gluteal muscle.
Franck Ribery finished third in the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards despite winning the Treble with Bayern.

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The 2013 European Footballer of the Year missed Bayern’s 2-0 Champions League victory over the Gunners on Wednesday following an operation to repair a blood vessel in his buttock in early February, but is back in training for Pep Guardiola’s side.

"I feel fine again. I am back to running on the training pitch. I like to be around my colleagues, want to play all the time," AZ reported the 30-year-old as saying during the Sky Champions League coverage on Wednesday.

Bayern hope to have the France international back on board for the return leg against Arsene Wenger's men on March 11, but the 2013 Ballon d’Or finalist hopes to return in time for the Bundesliga leaders’ home league game against in-form Schalke on March 1.

"The last two days of running went pretty well," Ribery said. "Why not [return] against Schalke? Should my team need me and I am feeling fine, I will be there."

Ribery, however, will most likely not join up with his national side for their friendly against the Netherlands on March 5: "I don’t think so. I don’t want to risk anything. I enjoy playing for my country, but this is only a friendly after all."

Bayern have taken firm control of the last-16 tie against Arsenal, and currently lead the Bundesliga by 16 points.


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