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The Frenchman is hopeful that the Bavarian giants' influential midfielder will return to full match fitness soon after enduring an injury-plagued 2011-12 season

Franck Ribery has empathised with Bayern Munich team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger, and hopes the Germany international will soon shake off his injury worries.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been plagued by physical problems in 2012, and was left out of Bayern's squad for their pre-season trip to China due to his ongoing injury trouble.

"We all know Basti [Schweinsteiger]. He always wants to give 100 per cent for the team. Last season was really difficult for him," Ribery was quoted as saying by TZ.

"He had a lot of injuries and that's never easy. I have had my fair share of injuries as well in the past few years, so I know how he feels.

"I really hope that he will become fit again and finds a good physio in Munich."

Schweinsteiger made only 22 Bundesliga appearances last term due to his physical problems.

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