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Bayern winger Ribery loses bid to be fit to face Arsenal

February 13, 2017

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.

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