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Ribery fit for Bayern bench, says Ancelotti

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(FILES) This file photo taken on July 11, 2016 shows Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery during the first training session with new Bayern Munich’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti at the club training area in the southern German city of Munich. Bayern Munich’s new coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended veteran winger Franck Ribery, who has been dubbed ‘a ticking time-bomb’ in the German media for a string of on-field tussles.

Franck Ribery is back from a five-week injury lay off and will be on the bench for Bayern Bundesliga game with Hamburg this weekend, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

The charismatic 33-year-old French winger tore thigh muscles in training in January.

“He’s ready, I think we’ll start him on the bench,” said Ancelotti, who confirmed that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso would be unavailable for the game.

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