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Streller blow for Switzerland

Switzerland striker Marco Streller has torn a muscle in his left thigh and will miss the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, with 1. FC Nürnberg striker Albert Bunjaku taking his place.

Marco Streller has been ruled out of the World Cup
Marco Streller has been ruled out of the World Cup ©AFP

Switzerland striker Marco Streller has torn a muscle in his left thigh in training for the national side and will miss the FIFA World Cup.

The injury to the 28-year-old, who has scored 11 times in 32 appearances for Switzerland, comes as a major blow to coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has lost one of his most influential players a fortnight before the tournament begins.

Twenty-six-year-old 1. FC Nürnberg striker Albert Bunjaku has been named as the replacement for Streller, who top-scored with 21 goals during FC Basel 1893's Swiss title-winning campaign.

Bunjaku has been capped twice and made his international debut in a friendly against Norway last November. Switzerland kick off against European champions Spain on 16 June and also face Chile and Honduras in Group H.