The good news just keeps coming for Bayern Munich. After a win in Der Klassiker extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga, winger Franck Ribery has returned to training more than a month ahead of schedule.
The French international tore his lateral collateral ligaments in the 2-2 Bundesliga
draw with Hertha Berlin on October 1, the match before Jupp Heynckes took charge of the champions for the third time.
The initial diagnosis suggested Ribery, who has made 234 appearances for the Bavarian club since joining from Marseille a decade ago, was out until the new year.
But he returned to training at Bayern's Säbener Strasse on Monday and posted a picture on Twitter confirming his recovery (see below).
Though most of Bayern's first team have joined up with their national teams, Thomas Müller was also in Munich as he continued his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.
Austria's David Alaba meanwhile withdrew from next week's friendly against Uruguay. He also has a thigh injury.
Bayern return to Bundesliga action on November 18 when they host Augsburg.