Bayern Munich’s nightmarish few weeks isn’t over just yet, with the club confirming winger Franck Ribery could miss the next six months with a serious knee injury.
The Frenchman went down clutching his knee in the second half of the side’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin at the weekend.
And the club have confirmed the injury is as bad as it was first feared, with the 34-year-old rupturing his lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club website: “We’re sorry Franck has hurt himself. We all wish him a quick and good improvement. ”
The midfielder went down clutching his knee after 60 minutes in the game, with compatriot Kingsley Coman brought on as his replacement while Ribery was guided off by physios around the outside of the pitch.
The club say he’s already begun his rehabilitation, but further therapy and training will be decided at a later date depending on his healing process.
The injury blow comes just days after Bayern’s 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, which ultimately resulted in the sacking of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Reports in Germany claimed the Italian had lost the dressing room, with Bayern’s players organising secret training sessions behind his back.
In the meantime, former Bayern and France star Willy Sagnol has taken over the club and oversaw their two-goal collapse against Hertha.
They now trail their bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund by four points in the league after just seven games, with Bayern failing to win in their last three games in all competitions.
Ribery joins goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on the sidelines, who himself is recovering from a broken foot and is not expected back until next year.
The club is also missing defender Juan Bernat, while concerns remain over the fitness of midfielder Arturo Vidal.
All-in-all, it’s shaping up to be a pretty dire season so far for Bayern fans.