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Van Gaal warns injured Ribery
13 Aug 2009 - 16:23:03
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has warned France ace Franck Ribery that he will have to work hard to regain a starting spot at the Allianz Arena.
The 26-year-old is currently sidelined by a knee injury, having spent most of the summer being linked with a big-money move away from Bayern.
Van Gaal told Kicker: "I observe the training sessions and then decide what my team needs. For me, a big name does not count more than any other.
"Franck is coming back now, but I have got to integrate him into my team first. He is still building up his strength."
Meanwhile, Bayern new boy Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is determined to make the most of the chance to cement a place in van Gaal's side in the absence of the injured Mark van Bommel.
He told Bild: "I want to play every game, that's obvious. I've wished van Bommel a speedy recovery. Any player who's ever been injured understands the situation.
"However, I'm more than certain that this is my chance to claim a regular place. I can hardly wait to prove my worth."