Star FC Bayern winger Franck Ribery returned to training this week following a string of injuries
Star FC Bayern winger Franck Ribery returned to training this week following a string of injuries
Bundesliga

Ribery returns to full training

Munich - There was good news from FC Bayern München's Säbener Straße training complex on Tuesday as Franck Ribery returned to first-team training.

Thiago limbering up

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.

Ribery 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.