According to sources in Italy, former Bayern Munich star Frank Ribery was transported to the hospital early Sunday morning with a brain injury after being involved in a car accident. When the accident occurred, the French international, who is presently playing in Serie A, was said to be a passenger in a car. In a statement, his club, Salernitana, acknowledged that he will miss training as he heals from his injuries. According to Corriere dello Sport, the veteran was transferred to a hospital in Battipaglia following the mishap, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Salerno region. Since then, he has returned home to rest and recover.
Local authorities from Agropoli were also present at the accident scene, according to the newspaper. “Footballer Franck Ribery, who was not driving the car, received a minor head injury following a car accident,” Salernitana said in a statement. Since leaving Fiorentina at the end of last season, Ribery has been on the books of Salernitana, who are now in the bottom three of Serie A. The 38-year-old has appeared 16 times in the league this season, most recently for Davide Nicola’s side in a 1-1 draw with Bologna over the weekend, recording two assists.
“As a precaution, the athlete will rest for a few days.” Ribery, who has 81 international caps for France and was a member of the 2006 World Cup-winning squad, spent the majority of his previous playing career with Bayern Munich. He was a member of Bayern’s Champions League-winning team in 2013, starting the final against Borussia Dortmund, and he also scored 10 league goals when the Bavarian club won the Bundesliga in 2012-13.
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