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Shaqiri included in Switzerland squad to face Estonia, US

Shaqiri included despite injury in Switzerland squad to face Estonia, United States

Shaqiri included in Switzerland squad to face Estonia, US

BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Switzerland has included Xherdan Shaqiri in its squad to face Estonia and the United States despite the Inter Milan playmaker injuring a thigh muscle.

Coach Vladimir Petkovic included Shaqiri in a 23-player squad for two home matches this month.

Switzerland hosts Estonia in a European Championship qualifier at Lucerne next Friday, and the U.S. in a friendly at Zurich four days later.

Defenders Fabian Lustenberger and Silvan Widmer, and midfielder Granit Xhaka all return from injury to an experienced squad. Only backup goalkeeper Marwin Hitz has never played for the national team.

Switzerland is third in a six-team Euro 2016 qualifying group, trailing six points behind leader England. The top two advance to the finals in France, and third place likely goes to the playoffs.