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Streller sidelined for Basel

Marco Streller will be absent for the rest of FC Basel 1893's UEFA Champions League Group E campaign after tearing a ligament in his left ankle against FC Thun on Saturday.

Marco Streller is expected to be out until the new year
Marco Streller is expected to be out until the new year ©AFP

Marco Streller will miss the remainder of FC Basel 1893's UEFA Champions League Group E fixtures after tearing a ligament in his left ankle during domestic action on Saturday.

The 29-year-old had to be substituted 26 minutes into Basel's 3-1 home loss to FC Thun and is expected to be out until the new year, meaning he will be unavailable for the Group E games against CFR 1907 Cluj on 23 November and FC Bayern München on 8 December. Basel lie bottom of the section on three points, three shy of second-placed AS Roma.

Streller will also miss Switzerland's international friendly against Ukraine on Wednesday, and coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has called up 18-year-old Nassim Ben Khalifa of VfL Wolfsburg as a replacement.