As yet, the club have made no confirmation as to when the 31-year-old Frenchman will be back in full first-team action, but his return will come as a welcome boost to coach Pep Guardiola ahead of a run of three games in eight days, starting with SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Matchday 8. Ribery has only managed a total of 22 minutes this season after his recovery from a back complaint was followed by an injury to his left knee.
Thiago limbering upRibery was joined on the training field by Spanish midfielder Thiago, who stepped up his rehabilitation with the first team as of Monday. The 23-year-old suffered serious ligament damage in March, missing the end of Bayern's 2013/14 double-winning season and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As well as his star midfield duo, Guardiola also welcomed back Rafinha, who took part in training alongside David Alaba and Juan Bernat, after the pair returned from their international excursions with Austria and Spain respectively. Bastian Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, could "play again in 2014" according to club sporting director Matthias Sammer, but Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber remain long-term absentees.
Heating tires! First training session completed with the team!! pic.twitter.com/JEccwTzAsx— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) October 13, 2014