Bayern winger Ribery loses bid to be fit to face Arsenal
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has lost his race to be back in time from a thigh injury to face Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern says Ribery took part only in running exercises on Monday is too soon after he strained a muscle at the back of his right thigh in training on Jan. 31.
Defender Jerome Boateng is also out of the round-of-16 first leg in Munich as he recovers from a chest injury.
Midfielder Xabi Alonso was forced out of Monday’s training session with a blow to his knee but Bayern says it was just a precaution.
Five-time champion Bayern has knocked Arsenal out in the round of 16 three times — in 2005, 2013 and 2014.