m_Ribery out of Dortmund clash

Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery has been ruled out of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich have announced.

 The forward returned from international duty with a cracked rib and could also miss their Champions League match at CSKA Moscow next week also.

 Ribery was on the receiving end of a series of crunching tackles as France beat Ukraine 3-0 on Tuesday to snatch a World Cup spot for next year.

Bayern, unbeaten in 37 consecutive league games, top the Bundesliga on 32 points, four ahead of second-placed Dortmund. The club revealed the news via a tweet on Thursday.

“This is bitter but I am certain the team will be successful without me,” Ribery said.

While his potential absence in Moscow is of no major significance given the Bavarians have already qualified for the knockout stage with two games to spare, he will be sorely missed in Dortmund. Bayern are already without playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bayern, who beat Dortmund in last season’s Champions League final, are still waiting for their first league win against their title rivals after six failed attempts since 2010.

Dortmund have their own injury woes, having run out of first choice defenders following injuries to Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer in Germany’s 1-0 win over England on Tuesday.

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