By FRANCO PANIZO
Franck Ribery recently said he could be as good as Leo Messi if he kept himself injury-free this coming season.
Well, so much for that.
Ribery could miss the start of the Bundesliga season after picking up an ankle injury during Bayern Munich's training session on Sunday. The knock was originally believed to be nothing but a sprain, but now it has been determined that Ribery suffered ligament damage. Ribery, who admitted his injury dismay to reporters, will now have to wear a cast for the next five days before being assessed again.
The ankle injury is just the latest setback for oft-injured Ribery, who seems likely to miss Bayern's season opener against Borussia Moenchengladbach on August 7.
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MARTINO TO DECIDE ON PARAGUAY FUTURE ON THURSDAY
Paraguay manager Gerardo Martino will tell team officials on whether he plans to stay with the team or not on Thursday. An Argentine, Martino has been linked with coaching Argentina's national team, which just finished a disappointing Copa America campaign at home. Martino led Paraguay to the tournament final, where Uruguay prevailed 3-0.
PSG SIGNS TWO FRENCH INTERNATIONALS, SERBIAN DEFENDER
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ORLANDO CITY AFTER ALAN SMITH
Newcastle United's Alan Smith could seen be playing in the United States. but it wouldn't be in MLS. Orlando City S.C., of the USL Pro Division, has revealed its interest in Smith after the former England international expressed how much he enjoys time in Orlando. Despite the interest, Smith still has another year on his current contract and is keen to play it out. Newcastle recently played Orlando City in a friendly, but the Premiership team lost, 1-0.
What do you think of Ribery's latest injury? Impressed by Villa's looming capture of N'Zogbia? Should Martino continue coaching Paraguay or move on for greener pastures?
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