Franck Ribéry has not enjoyed the best of seasons at Bayern Munich.
Injuries have limited the 32 year old to just seven Bundesliga appearances prior to today’s home fixture against relegation threatened Eintracht Frankfurt, and just 22 in total in the past 18 months.
In what is only his second goal of the season, Ribéry opened the scoring after 19 minutes in Saturday’s match at the Bundesliga.
And what a fine strike it was too…
Liverpool target Mario Götze saw his effort saved by Frankfurt goalkeeper Lucas Hredecky, only for the ex-France international to acrobatically aim an overhead volley fully over the stranded keeper on the rebound, giving Hredecky no chance and looking nothing like a player who has missed more than half of the season due to injury.
The Bayern Twitter account seemed suitably impressed…
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 2, 2016
The three-time French Footballer of the Year has endured a troubled couple of years due to injury, but will be hoping that his nightmare is put behind him as his side close in on a third consecutive Bundesliga title.
At half-time the score stands at 1-0 to the home side. A win today will – temporarily at least – open up an eight point gap with nearest (and, let’s face it, only) challengers Borussia Dortmund, who face Werder Bremen later this evening.