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Ribery ruled out of Champions League first leg with Arsenal

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Ribery to miss Arsenal tie

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has been ruled out of several matches, including the trip to Arsenal for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie.

Ribery, 30, has been described as being in "a good way" after undergoing an operation to repair a blood vessel in his buttock last Thursday, but will not return to action in time to travel to the Emirates Stadium on February 19.

The 30-year-old underwent an examination on Monday, and Bayern club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt informed the European champions that Ribery is recovering well after the surgery that saw him miss Saturday's 2-0 win at Nurnberg.

Bayern hope Ribery will heal in time to begin movement therapy by the end of the week, and then return to individual training a week later.

"Therefore Ribery will miss the next games of the record champion, among them the round last 16 tie in the Champions League at Arsenal," a statement on the club's official website read.

Bayern Munich travel to the Emirates next Wednesday, with the second leg to be played at the Allianz Arena on March 11. The two clubs met at the same stage last season, with Bayern triumphing on the away goals rule en route to claiming the Treble.

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