Munich - FC Bayern München have received a boost during the international break after made a significant step forward in his quest to return to match fitness.

The 2013 European Footballer of the Year, who has only featured once in the current campaign for the German record champions due to a recurring knee problem, was able to train with the ball again at the club's training compound at Säbener Straße for the first time since being ruled out of the club's UEFA Champions League victory against Manchester City FC on 17 September.

Reina setback

An inflammation of the patellar tendon in his knee has meant the 31-year-old has missed every game so far in 2014/15, save for Matchday 3's a 2-0 win against VfB Stuttgart, in which he scored. The former Olympique de Marseille man has netted a total of 64 goals in 179 top-flight outings for the Bavarians.

News of Ribery's recovery comes a day after it was confirmed that second-choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been ruled out for several weeks after sustaining a muscle injury in his left calf.