Bayern winger Ribery loses bid to be fit to face Arsenal

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2017 10:22 AM
Bayern winger Ribery loses bid to be fit to face Arsenal
Werder Bremen's Serge Gnabry, right, and Bayern's Franck Ribery challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in Bremen, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has lost his race to be back in time from a thigh injury to face Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Bayern says Ribery took part only in running exercises on Monday is too soon after he strained a muscle at the back of his right thigh in training on Jan. 31.

Defender Jerome Boateng is also out of the round-of-16 first leg in Munich as he recovers from a chest injury.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso was forced out of Monday's training session with a blow to his knee but Bayern says it was just a precaution.

Five-time champion Bayern has knocked Arsenal out in the round of 16 three times — in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

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