Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that the perceived injury to star winger Franck Ribery was not as serious as it looked.
The player was carried off the pitch when the team lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup. The 34-year old is the longest serving in the team.
The skipper has suffered recurrent injuries of recent but he is set to remain at the club for another year before he hangs his boots. Ribery clashed with Inter defender Milan Skriniarand had to be helped out.
“Ribery has a little cut on the ankle. He needed some stiches but I think in two or three days he will be fit,” the coach said.
The former France international says he is fine but for the swollen ankles. He says he would be back in the team in less than a week.
A fellow injury prone teammate ArjenRobben did not make the trip to Singapore as he suffered a mucle injury while on holiday. The Dutchman was playing tennis when he injured himself. He is expected to rejoin the team in Germany when he can.
The team flew back to base as they prepare for the Audi Cup on August 1.
The Inter Milan defeat ended their 12-day tour of Asia. They are set to face Liverpool and then either of Atletico Madrid or Napoli in the annual tournament. They have planned games against Borussia Dortmund on August 5 in the DFL Supercup before the league resumes later that month.
Ribery and Robben have been in and out of the team due to regular injuries that might send them to retirement soon. Shanghai SIPG director Mads Davidsen recently discarded the duo as too old for the Chinese Super League. He says they have missed their window to move to the league as it was no longer a dumping ground for retired European stars.
“Why should a Chinese club sign a 33- or 34 year -old when they can get 27-year old stars like Axel Witsel or Alex Teixeira or Oscar at 25?”