Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal will be able to field French winger Franck Ribery again for the first time in 2½ months in next weekend's Bundesliga clash against Hertha Berlin.

"He's better than ever because he can train without pain," said the Dutchman at a press conference. "However, we will not take any risks, so he'll probably only feature for a couple of minutes."

"When Ribery plays, the competition in the Bundesliga isn't very strong anymore. Without him we already won 5-1 at Bochum," smiled the former Barcelona coach.

"Mentally, I've had a difficult time," Ribery added to German magazine Sport Bild recently. "Everything annoyed me. I'd had enough of being constantly in pain, when I was driving or even when I was just sitting down."

The France star had been plagued by a patella tendon problem for the last two months.

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