French football star forced to practice in socks

Published: 13th January 2010

French football star forced to practice in socks
One of France's star footballers who has been plagued by injuries in recent months has returned to the practice squad of German team Bayern Munich, though he has been forced to play in his socks.

Franck Ribery, the talented winger, who has been with the Bundesliga team since 2007 after a switch from Marseille, has to miss the restart of the league after the winter break because he needed his big toenails removed, compounding his misery of not being able to play.

Louis Van Gaal, who enforced the hosiery-only rule, said that it was disappointing so see him limited by his most recent set-back.

Speaking to the club website, Van Gaal explained: "This week was very important for our teamwork but now we'll have to reintroduce him during a competitive period. That's hard for him, for me and for the other players."

In England's most recent meeting with France back in 2008, Franck Ribery scored the only goal, much to the anger of the visiting English fans at the Stade de France.

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