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Just back from a physical problem, there are suggestions that Ribery has a new issue with which he will have to contend over the coming days...

According to L’Equipe, Franck Ribery’s withdrawal from France’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Spain in midweek was not simply due to a tactical decision from Raymond Domenech, but because the talismanic offensive midfielder had complained of a knock.

Ribery has endured an injury plagued season to date, and there is more concern over his fitness after he was taken off after 78 minutes of les Bleus’ ill-fated excursion on Wednesday evening at his own request. There is no suggestion as to what his problem might be, as the player did not appear to be obviously carrying a problem as Florent Malouda replaced him late on. Equally, there is no indication of how long he will be out for, if at all.

The former Olympique de Marseille man had not looked comfortable against la Furia Roja, struggling to get into the game and notably toiling to do anything productive with the ball when in possession. Given his lack of game-time of late, this is perhaps understandable.

An offensive midfielder whose preferred role is on the left side of the pitch, Ribery made a scoring impact with club side Bayern Munich last weekend, striking the decisive goal against Hamburg in a vital Bundesliga encounter. Louis van Gaal’s club will be especially keen to monitor the Frenchman’s progress in the coming hours.

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