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Bayern's Ribery still two months from comeback

Injured Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is still at least two months away from a return to full fitness, according to club director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

France international Ribery tore ligaments just above his left ankle during his country's 2-0 defeat to Italy in Euro 2008 and underwent surgery soon after.

The 25-year-old will now have a second operation to remove metal plates from the ankle and faces eight weeks of intensive rehabilitation to get fit before he can make a return to the Bayern fold.

'He will undergo a second operation so that the screw in his ankle can be withdrawn,' Rummenigge told French newspaper L'Equipe.

'Then eight weeks of rehabilitation is initially envisaged and should be sufficient before he makes his return to competition.'

Ribery signed for Bayern in the summer of 2007 after joining for a record 25 million euro fee and was instrumental in the club's league and cup double.

Meanwhile, striker Luca Toni has admitted the club is not strong enough to challenge for the Champions League.

The Bundesliga side will launch a fresh assault on Europe's premier club competition after winning the German league and cup double last season.

But Italy striker Toni feels Jurgen Klinsmann's squad still needs strengthening before Bayern can compete for the trophy.

He told Munich-based newspaper tz: 'In order to win the Champions League you of course need luck.

'But you also have to be honest and say that on paper there are stronger teams than us.

'I believe if you want to be at the head of the top competitions, you need 15, 16 top players in all areas. We have to be well equipped in all positions, with really strong players.'

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