Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is said to be considering early retirement as he appears to be losing the battle to overcome a long standing ankle injury, according to the Metro.
Ribery only managed to make 15 appearances for Bayern last term, as they once again dominated proceedings in the Bundesliga. But despite that, he still managed to bag himself five goals.
French newspaper L’Equipe believe that his injury problems are leading him to consider his future within the game, having already missed 72 of a possible 272 German league games because of fitness problems.
It is a far cry from the purple patch he enjoyed during the 2013/14 season, in which he finished third in the race for the Ballon d’Or.
“Franck has suffered too many stoppages in recent seasons, we should have counted on him in a more continued manner. But it’s clear that, statistically talking, he has missed a lot of games in recent seasons because of injuries,” Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
However, the player’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, was eager to brush away claims of an early retirement, saying that the 32-year-old is eager to regain full fitness and turn out for Bayern once again.
“Franck is not the type to give up. On the contrary: He’s desperate to return to playing and he doesn’t know when that will be, so he is worried about the situation,” Bernes said.
“He is doing everything to return and he wants to end his career in a good way, not like this.”