Robben sym­pa­thy for Ribery

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

MU­NICH — Ar­jen Robben is back­ing his Bay­ern Mu­nich team-mate Franck Ribery to bounce back from the prob­lem­atic an­kle in­jury which has kept the France winger out for the last five months.

Ribery (32) has not played since limp­ing out of Bay­ern’s Cham­pi­ons League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in March and his right an­kle in­jury has so far re­fused to heal, which has left the French­man frus­trated.

“It’s a re­ally hard time for Franck, but I be­lieve at the end of it, he will come back and that’s the point now,” said Nether­lands star Robben ahead of Satur­day’s league clash at Hof­fen­heim. “He has to be fit and he has to be healthy.” It is hoped Ribery will re­turn to Bay­ern train­ing in the next fort­night, but Robben says the months of un­cer­tainty he has en­dured are “the worst” for any player.

“It’s bet­ter to break a leg, be­cause then you know what you have and that in three or four months’ time, you’ll be back again,” said Robben (31) who has been no stranger to in­jury in his ca­reer.

“You want to have clar­ity, but that’s not pos­si­ble in this case, so it is frus­trat­ing for him and that is cur­rently very dif­fi­cult.” — AFP

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