Bayern Munich will be without French winger Franck Ribery for the rest of the year after the Bundesliga side confirmed cruciate ligament damage for the 34-year-old.
Franck Ribery was helped off the field in obvious discomfort at the hour mark of Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.
While the 81-time capped French international won’t require surgery, a splint will be placed in his knee for several weeks before a further decision can be made on his rehabilitation.
No return date was confirmed from Bayern Munich but a lateral collateral ligament rupture usually takes between eight to ten weeks for a full recovery.
“We are sorry that Franck has injured himself. We wish him a speedy and good recovery,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
News of the Frenchman’s long-term absence will come as a major blow for the Bavarians, who are already without first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer until January.
Bayern Munich are enduring a tumultuous spell following the hammering from Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League and subsequent sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.
The defending champions sit in second spot in the Bundesliga after back-to-back draws against Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin, the latter of which was a 2-0 lead squandered to finish 2-2.