Celtic receive Champions League boost as Bayern Munich star is ruled out



Bayern Munich will be without Franck Ribery for their forthcoming Champions League double header against Celtic after the former France playmaker sustained a serious knee injury.

The 34-year-old was forced off in the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin and tests have confirmed that he has torn a lateral collateral ligament (LCL).

The Bundesliga champions have put no timescale on Ribery’s return but have said that the influential midfielder is out for the ‘coming weeks’.

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The 81-times capped player, however, is certain to miss the Group B visit of Celtic on October 18 and the return clash in Glasgow at the end of the month.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We’re sorry Franck has hurt himself. We all wish him a quick and good improvement.”

Managerless Bayern are already without Manuel Neuer until January after the German international goalkeeper broke his foot.