Bayern's Ribery sidelined for up to three months
BERLIN – Agence France-Presse
The 34-year-old had to be helped off in the 62nd minute of Bayern's 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin on Oct. 1 which left the team five points adrift of leader Borussia Dortmund in Germany's top flight.
Caretaker coach Willy Sagnol was in charge after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on last week in the wake of the 3-0 Champions League drubbing at Paris Saint Germain.
Sky reported that Ribery has torn a ligament in his left knee and will be out for between two to three months.
"I'm in a lot of pain and not doing so well," said Ribery at Munich airport after the flight from Berlin.
"The outside ligament is probably affected, I hope it's not something worse."
The injury is a particular blow to the Frenchman, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Bayern, which is already without captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer until January with a fractured foot.
For the second league match running, Bayern threw away a 2-0 lead in Berlin after goals by Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski were canceled out by Hertha's Ondrej Duda and Salomon Kalou.
Ex-Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann are among the favorites to succeed Ancelotti.