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Bayern blow as Shaqiri delight turns to despair

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 14.31CET
FC Bayern München midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out for six to seven weeks after tearing his hamstring as Switzerland sealed a FIFA World Cup place on Friday.
Bayern blow as Shaqiri delight turns to despair
Xherdan Shaqiri could miss Bayern's next three UEFA Champions League games ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 14.31CET

Bayern blow as Shaqiri delight turns to despair

FC Bayern München midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out for six to seven weeks after tearing his hamstring as Switzerland sealed a FIFA World Cup place on Friday.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out for six to seven weeks after tearing his hamstring in Switzerland's FIFA World Cup meeting with Albania on Friday.

The midfielder limped off before the hour in Tirana, seven minutes after his goal had broken the deadlock. Switzerland won 2-1 to seal qualification for Brazil 2014 but pleasure was mixed with pain for Shaqiri as the extent of his injury was revealed.

"It's a bitter diagnosis," he said. "I'm disappointed, but I'll try to get back to fitness as soon as possible." Shaqiri, who has scored one goal in six Bundesliga appearances this season, will therefore miss FC Bayern München's next two UEFA Champions League games, both against FC Viktoria Plzeň. The meeting with PFC CSKA Moskva on 27 November may also come too soon.

Last updated: 15/10/13 14.41CET

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