Bayern blow as Ribery suffers hamstring injury

first_imgFranck Ribery appears set for a spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich confirmed the winger suffered a hamstring injury at their training camp in Doha.The 35-year-old, who has four Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season, sustained the problem during a practice match in the club’s warm-weather camp in Qatar.Bayern are yet to place a timescale on the Frenchman’s recovery, announcing that he will be out of action “for the time being”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The German giants said in a fitness update on their official website: “Bayern’s mid-season training camp in Doha ended with the unfortunate news that Franck Ribery is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring in Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad.”Arjen Robben (recovering from a thigh injury) and Corentin Tolisso (sports rehab after rupturing a cruciate) are also unable to train with the team at present.”Ribery was fined by the club last week after publishing a foul-mouthed tweet hitting back at those who accused him of flaunting his wealth in uploading a video of himself with a gold-coated steak in an exclusive Dubai restaurant.The Frenchman said: “Let’s start with the envious, the angry, the people that have been spawned from a broken condom. F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree.“I owe you nothing, my success is thanks to god, myself and my family and friends who believed in me. The others were always merely stones in my shoes.”He added: “Secondly, to the pseudo-journalists that always criticised me and my actions (last example, the price of my food!).“When I give [to charity] (because I’ve been taught to always give when I receive a lot) why no big national media is talking about it?“You would rather talk about the vacation that I spent with my family, you watch my every move, what I eat and so on… You’re always here for this kind of futility.”last_img read more

Annan proposes extending UN office in Central African Republic to help solidify

In an exchange of letters with the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General says he is making the proposal after consulting with authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR), who requested the renewal of BONUCA’s mandate.Mr. Annan says the move to keep BONUCA in the country until 31 December 2003 would also enable the Office to continue to support the CAR in its ongoing efforts to “strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law, and lay solid foundations for sustainable peace and socio-economic progress in the face of daunting domestic challenges and a volatile subregional environment.”