Munich - FC Bayern München midfielder Franck Ribery has made a return to light training, starting running exercises ahead of his return to full training after an operation on his buttock.

The 30-year-old was put through his paces just 11 days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot.

Increasing the workload

The Frenchman was able to run for around 20 minutes on Monday and will slowly increase his workload, although no date has yet been set for his return to action. "We hope that he's fit again for the second leg against Arsenal," said Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as the rest of the squad flew out to London for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.

The return leg against the Gunners will take place in Munich's Allianz Arena on 11 March. Bayern will be hoping to establish a lead in the first leg in London on Wednesday night, while Ribery continues his recovery back in Bavaria.