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Switzerland and Nürnberg lose Bunjaku

Switzerland and 1. FC Nürnberg striker Albert Bunjaku has been ruled out for six months after surgery to treat suspected torn meniscus in his right knee uncovered cartilage damage.

Albert Bunjaku is out for six months
Albert Bunjaku is out for six months ©Getty Images

Albert Bunjaku's hopes of featuring in Switzerland's next two UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers have been dashed after the 1. FC Nürnberg striker was ruled out for six months.

The 26-year-old, part of Switzerland's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, had been complaining of pain in his right knee and although it was initially diagnosed as a torn meniscus, cartilage damage was discovered during surgery in Augsburg on Wednesday. The operation was successful.

"This diagnosis is very sad for Albert and 1. FC Nürnberg," said sporting director Martin Bader. "We wish him all the best and will support him during rehab to the best of our capabilities."

Bunjaku, who scored 12 goals last season to keep his club in the Bundesliga, will be unavailable for Switzerland's Group G qualifiers in Montenegro on 8 October and at home to Wales four days later, as well as friendlies against Ukraine in Geneva on 17 November and in Malta on 9 February. He will aim to return when Switzerland resume their campaign in Bulgaria on 26 March.