Arsenal have been handed a major boost ahead of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich as Franck Ribery has been ruled out.
The winger will be out of action for two weeks following surgery on his buttock, reports Sky Sports.
The Frenchman required the surgery on Thursday, Bayern Munich confirmed, after a bruise pressed against a nerve causing serious discomfort.
The news will surely give great hope to Arsenal as they face Pep Guardiola's side in the first-leg of their last 16 tie next Wednesday.
The German club knocked the Gunners out at the same stage last season on their way to winning the competition.
And they have been on equally imperious form this year, strolling towards another Bundesliga title and finishing top of a group that also contained Manchester City.
But the news will be a blow to Bayern, despite their enormous strength-in-depth. It is not yet clear if the Ballon d'Or nominee will be able to return for the second leg.
Before they face Bayern, however, Arsenal will play a home fixture against Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
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