Xhaka OK for World Cup

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

Arse­nal mid­fielder Granit Xhaka ex­pressed re­lief af­ter get­ting good news about a train­ing ground in­jury that threat­ened to scup­per his World Cup chances for Switzer­land on Thurs­day.

Xhaka hob­bled off the pitch fear­ing he had dam­aged lig­a­ments in his knee.

But the 25-year-old, who suf­fered a bone con­tu­sion in­jury that will side­line him for Sun­day’s friendly against Spain in Vil­lar­real, is ex­pected to re­turn to ac­tion quickly.

“I’m very re­lieved,” Xhaka said via a state­ment is­sued by the Swiss foot­ball fed­er­a­tion.

Xhaka un­der­went a MRI scan which ruled out a more se­ri­ous in­jury.

Swiss team doc­tor Pier­reE­ti­enne Fournier said, “we’re very re­lieved. He has only suf­fered a painful bone con­tu­sion in­jury.

“The lig­a­ments are in­tact, but we wanted to be sure that the menis­cus wasn’t dam­aged ei­ther.”

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