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Hitzfeld sends Shaq back for check

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Switzerland will be without Xherdan Shaqiri when they complete their World Cup qualifying programme at home to Slovenia on Tuesday, the Swiss FA announced on Sunday. The 22-year-old Bayern starlet is carrying a hamstring injury and will sit out the tenth World Cup qualifier, which is a dead rubber in any case after the Swiss booked their ticket to next summer’s finals on Friday. Shaqiri left his national team’s training base in Feusisberg on Sunday morning and set off for Munich, where he will report to the Bayern medical unit for an examination and treatment. “In a situation like this, you have to be aware of your responsibilities to the player and his club,” commented Switzerland supremo Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of the most successful coaches in Bayern history.