Guardiola: Ribery return imminent
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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday he expects star winger Franck Ribery to make his return to action next week against Wolfsburg.

"I hope against Wolfsburg (8 March) and in any case against Arsenal (UEFA Champions League on 11 March)," the former Barcelona coach said ahead of their German Bundesliga match at home to Schalke 04 on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has not played since 2 February, when Bayern thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0, after breaking down with a burst blood vessel on his buttocks. Bayern are yet to lose in the Bundesliga this season and are 19 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table.

On Thursday, France coach Didier Deschamps included Ribery in his squad to play the Netherlands in a FIFA World Cup™ warm-up match on 5 March in Paris.