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Switzerland striker Frei ruled out of European Championship with knee injury

Switzerland striker Frei ruled out of European Championship with knee injury

Switzerland striker Alexander Frei was ruled out of the European Championship on Sunday with a ruptured knee ligament.
The team's captain and record scorer was injured Saturday in the opening match of the tournament after he was fouled from behind. He left the field in tears and, after heading to the dressing room, returned to the bench on crutches.
Team doctor Cuno Wetzel said Frei would be out for about six weeks.
"Alex Frei knew immediately that he had been hurt badly," Wetzel said.
Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn said it was a big loss, but added that the team would have to focus on coming back from its 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
"He was an important player. He was a goal-getter," Kuhn said. "But he's out. We have to move forward."
Frei was down for several minutes after being fouled from behind by Czech Republic defender Zdenek Grygera shortly before halftime. He slowly walked off the field, a trainer on each side holding him, tears streaming down his face. After going to the bench, Frei walked half the length of the field, again with a trainer at each side, and made his way to the tunnel. He was replaced by Hakan Yakin when the second half began, but returned on crutches to watch.
Frei went directly form the match to have tests done on his knee.
Wetzel said Frei would speak publicly Monday, but now wanted "to have some time to himself."
A forward with Borussia Dortmund, Frei missed much of the Bundesliga season because of injuries. He has had a hip operation, two muscle tears and a calf injury in the last 13 months, but had battled back in recent weeks to full fitness.
He became Switzerland's leading scorer on May 30 when he had two goals against Liechtenstein, passing Kubilay Turkyilmaz. He now has 35 goals in 60 international appearances.


Updated : 2020-12-06 07:39 GMT+08:00