If the popular French phrase "sacré bleu" is anything to go by, it is fair to say that larger-than-life Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery is feeling rather blue instead of being as happy as punch.
Since limping off in a Champions League last-16 fixture at home to Ukranian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, the former French international has received more blows than Pep Guardiola has seen his beloved Pamplona acquire in its battle to obtain independence from Spain.
What was believed to be nothing more than a mild ankle injury which would easily be stitched up by club doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Wohlfahrt, has turned out to be the most talked about impairment since former midfielder Sebastian Deisler was ruled out of the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil due to undergoing a serious knee injury on a troubled right knee.
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Indeed, it is virtually impossible to read popular German newspaper Bild without seeing an article related to Ribery and his recovery from an injury which has even resulted in Wohlfart leaving his post after initially being appointed back in 1977.
Perhaps it is fair to say that Ribery feels as if his injury has dragged on for a similar amount of time, with the Boulogne-sur-Mer star even expressing his doubts when asked if he would ever play for the 25-time Bundesliga champions.
In an exclusive interview with Ribery back in August, the 2013 Ballon d'Or finalist told German magazine Kicker -per ESPN - that "the pain just won't go away" and that he was "doing everything, really everything" which the newly instated medical team were telling the 32-year-old to do.
To put it simply, no one either at Bayern or in the German media know when Ribery will be able to make his long-awaited return, with club sporting director Matthias Sammer sounding secretive when asked whether the much-loved number seven will make another appearance before the whole team dress up as Father Christmas figures for their annual Christmas Eve carol service.
The former red head who guided fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga glory in 2002 told Bild: "What is accurate is that there is an uptrend. An improvement. We are working with it, but it's dubious to give a date for a comeback. the ankle injury is too complex for that."
Indeed, one could say that this is perhaps one of the most doubtful speeches given since, Syrian dictator, Bashar Al-Assad told reporters that the situation regarding his country's safety was stable before the outbreak of one of the most bloody civil wars in the modern history of the world back in 2011.
Instead of having to deal with further uncertainty, and with one eye focussed on pulling a plug on the negativity concerning Ribery's injury, and with the other placed on solving their unbalanced midfield, Bayern dug deep to sign Kingsley Coman from a Juventus side who were less than happy with the 19-year-old joining Arturo Vidal on the other side of the Alps.
Nothing whiffs of more intent then the signing of a player who has been tipped to be the new French Gareth Bale, with the 19-year-old having already scored one goal in four first-team appearances for the 2013 Champions league champions.
Although Coman has only signed for FC Hollywood on a two-year loan with an option to make the move permanent for 21 million euros in 2017, from first impressions it is fair to fair to say that he has taken like a fish to water at the Allianz Arena.
He's the man
With more trickery than a Moroccan snake-charmer, more attitude than a seagull swooping for a salty mix of french-fries and with more strength than Vladimir Putin, Ribery must be sitting at home thinking if he might as well give up now.
Even though Bayern are hoping that both Frenchmen will be able to fight it out for the battle of the left midfield, it seems that there will be only one winner, with Guardiola keen to create a team based on youth and energy.
Although no one is sure whether Ribery will return to his old best, it is fair to say that the 32-year-old was showing signs that he was losing much of the same pace and trickery which terrorised the world of football when he was in his prime.
The Bayern board knew exactly what they were doing when they signed Coman, and although it must be considered as a massive insult to Ribery's recovery, Sammer and co are looking towards the future and they are fully aware that they have a player who could be the next best thing since sliced bread.
Unfortunately for Ribery he will now have to live with the fact that he is likely to be spending much of this time on the bench when he returns from injury, and it is only a matter of time until transfer rumours concerning the aging Frenchman circulate.
Indeed, if Sammer was to be asked whether Ribery will ever play for Bayern again, it wouldn;t be surprising whether he would give a similar answer to the one he gave the German media less than a month ago.
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