Ribery in doubt for Atletico decider

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FC Bayern München manager Pep Guardiola admits he is uncertain if Franck Ribery will be fit in time to take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

The winger has only recently returned from injury and was expected to play against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, but was withdrawn on the morning of the match after he woke up with pain in his back.

The Bavarians went on to draw the match 1-1 and are now in a race against time to have the France international fit for the crucial match against Atleti at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

The Spanish side claimed a 1-0 win over Bayern in the first leg, meaning Guardiola is going to be desperate to have as many attacking options available to him in order to get his side back into the tie.

“Ribery is injured. He has a bad back,” he said. “I do not know if he will play Tuesday because he is with the physios. We’ll do all that we can so that he can play.

“He trained [on Friday] but [on Saturday] he came and said that he has a pain. The doctors said he cannot play.”

The Bundesliga outfit will also be without Arjen Robben, who is determined to recover from his adductor problem before the end of the season, but admitted his rehabilitation isn’t going to plan.

“I don’t feel like I wished I felt,” he told the club’s official website. “But I am fighting to play a role again during this season. That is my goal. I can’t say whether it will work out. If it does, it would be superb.”

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