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Franck Ribery: Season hinges on Pokal triumph
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Franck Ribery: Season hinges on Pokal triumph

Bayern Munich has confirmed Franck Ribery will miss the first leg of the club's last 16 Champions League clash with Arsenal after having surgery to his buttocks.

The France winger, 30, was absent from the Bavarians' 2-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday with the injury after going under the knife Thursday in a bid to completely eradicate the problem.

"An examination on Monday revealed that the bruise, which had pressed on a nerve, was completely removed at surgery last Thursday," a statement on Bayern's website read. "After healing, the 30-year-old will begin exercise therapy later this week and a week later he will enter back into running training.

"This will mean he will miss the club's next few games, including the first leg of the Champions League clash with Arsenal."

The Champions League holders travel to the Emirates on February 19 before the return leg on March 12.

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