Ribery and Benatia sidelined for rest of year

Ribery and Benatia sidelined for rest of year
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Published December 11th, 2015 - 13:39 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Medhi Benatia
Medhi Benatia

Frank Ribery and Medhi Benatia have been ruled out of action for the remainder of 2015, Bayern Munich confirmed on Friday.

The loss of Ribery will be particularly frustrating for Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, who has finally been able to use the Frenchman in recent weeks after a nine-month lay-off due to an ankle injury.

Ribery came on as a substitute and scored in last weekend's surprise 3-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach and subsequently started Wednesday's Champions League victory at Dinamo Zagreb.

He was replaced at half-time, however, and tests have shown an unspecified muscle injury that will see him sit out Bayern's three remaining games prior to Christmas.

Benatia also started in Zagreb before being replaced at the break. The Morocco international had struggled with a hamstring injury earlier this term, but featured in their last six games in all competitions before the game against Dinamo.

He has unconvincing since joining Bayern from Roma in August 2014 for an initial fee of €26 million.

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