Ribery expects to return for CWC

AP

Bayern Munich winger and Ballon d’Or candidate Franck Ribery says he will recover from his rib injury in time for next month’s Club World Cup.

Earlier, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola told reporters he feared Ribery will be missing “for a long time,” without being more specific.

But Guardiola also said he hoped to have Ribery back for the Club World Cup that starts Dec. 14 in Morocco.

“We have one month until the final in Marrakech. I hope he can play this tournament,” Guardiola said.

“By then I’ll be able to play for sure,” Ribery told the online edition of Kicker magazine.