Ribery ruled out of Bayern friendlies

BERLIN - Injured Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will miss their next two friendlies after sitting out pre-season training in southern Germany, the club said. "It is difficult to define the right time for his return," new Bayern coach Louis van Gaal told the official website on Thursday. Ribery picked up a knee injury a few weeks ago and did not take part in the training camp. Bayern play Cologne on Friday and an invitational team on Saturday. The 26-year-old Frenchman had wanted to join Real Madrid, who were trying to sign him, despite having a contract with Bayern until 2011 but the club was unwilling to sell him.