FC Bayern München winger Franck Ribery could not contain his delight after returning to team training on Wednesday, following nine months on the sidelines with a chronic ankle problem.

The 32-year-old has not played since limping off in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 home leg against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 11 March.

'Everyone was pleased for me'

"It's a great day for me, it's really emotional,” Ribery told FCB.tv after Wednesday's session. "It's been the first injury that's kept me out for so long, it was tough. But that's football, that's life. It's important to keep your head up and work hard. Now I'm back with the team, it's a good feeling. Everyone was pleased for me."

While the former France international was able to participate in the 'rondo' possession game and complete sprints and shooting practice, he sat out the training match. He could, however, still return to first-team action before the winter break.

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