Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery out for the rest of the year with ligament damage

Bayern Munich's new coach will have to do without Franck Ribery until the end of 2017, after the club confirmed that the knee injury he suffered on Sunday was serious. Ribery will join Manuel Neuer on the sidelines.

The French winger, a key part of Bayern's squad, was withdrawn by caretaker-coach Willy Sagnol in the second half of Bayern's 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Ribery, 34, ruptured a ligament in his knee after stepping on the ball with no opponent nearby. He will not need surgery but his knee will be put into a splint for several weeks before a further decision is made on his treatment.

Ribery missed 12 games with injury last season and a large portion of the 2014/15 season with ankle problems.

"We are sorry that Franck has injured himself. We wish him a speedy and good recovery," Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

The news is a blow to a club already reeling from a run of two draws and a loss in their last three games and the departure of coach Carlo Ancelotti. 

The Frenchman is the second long-term injured player after keeper Manuel Neuer, who is recovering from a foot fracture and not expected back until January. Bayern are also missing back up leftback Juan Bernat and have concerns over the fitness of midfielder Arturo Vidal.

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