Berlin - Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has described the ankle injury
which has kept him out of football since March as a "catastrophe" as
his struggle for fitness continues.
The 32-year-old former France international has not played since limping out
of Bayern's 7-0 drubbing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League's last 16,
first leg tie, on March 11 and is desperate to be fit again for pre-season
training at the start of July.
"The injury is getting on my nerves, it's a catastrophe," he told
German daily Bild. "I have everything which one can only dream of in life,
but I am not free.
"I think about my football the time. I just want to run! I want to
play! I have to be able to train in order to be happy."
Ribery says the injury is "significantly better" and hopes to be
able to run again soon. "I have to be fit for July 1. Whether I will
manage that, I don't know, but I will try everything to make it happen,"
He took himself off on holiday to Ibiza and Paris, with a physiotherapist in
tow, in a bid to cheer him up, but he said the injury played on his mind the
"I thought it would help, but I hardly had any fun on holiday," he
said, after Bayern won the Bundesliga title and bowed out of the Champions
League semi-finals without him.
"I couldn't do what I wanted to do, like jet ski or drive a boat. It
Ribery promised he would come back "just as strong" as before
injury struck and was dismissive of rumours that Bayern were eyeing up
"That's not a problem for me. If I am 100 percent fit, then anyone who
wants my place can come," he said.