Franck Ribery was delighted to be back in the thick of things for FC Bayern München on Matchday 15, even if the league leaders came unstuck against Borussia Mönchengladbach. - © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Franck Ribery was delighted to be back in the thick of things for FC Bayern München on Matchday 15, even if the league leaders came unstuck against Borussia Mönchengladbach. - © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Bundesliga

Returning Ribery Bayern's ray of sunshine on a cloudy day in Gladbach

If there was one positive to come out of FC Bayern München’s first Bundesliga defeat of the season, it was the long-awaited return of Franck Ribery.

Welcomed back with open arms

The former France international netted a sensational consolation within six minutes of entering the fray as a second-half substitute at Borussia Mönchengladbach’s BORUSSIA-PARK this weekend, following a 269-day spell on the sidelines with a chronic ankle problem.

"It feels good to get a run-out when you’ve been out of action for so long," the 32-year-old winger explained after Saturday afternoon’s unforeseen 3-1 reverse. "It was nice to be back out on the pitch again. I’m back, which is good."

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Just the start

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Ready to rock in 2016

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