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'Really bad timing'

Shaqiri sidelined with ruptured hamstring

Bayern have lost Xherdan Shaqiri to injury for the next six to seven weeks. The club’s diminutive wide midfielder sustained a muscle group rupture to his right hamstring while on duty for Switzerland in the decisive 2014 World Cup qualifier away to Albania last Friday. The injury was diagnosed and the prognosis issued by FCB chief medical officer Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt following a medical on Tuesday. “I’m disappointed, but I’ll try and regain fitness as quickly as possible,” declared the 22-year-old when he spoke briefly with fcbayern.de after his appointment with the doc.

fcbayern.de: Xherdan, how are you feeling?
Shaqiri: “Not particularly good, obviously. I’m gutted by the diagnosis. I’m disappointed, but I’ll try and regain fitness as quickly as possible. I ruptured a muscle group once before, in my left hamstring that time, but I was fit again relatively quickly after that. I’m hoping for something similar this time.“

fcbayern.de: And you’d just run into a good spell of form…
Shaqiri: “Yes, it really is very, very bad timing. I had a fantastic week. First of all, there was our excellent display in Leverkusen, where the coach played me from the start, and then we qualified for the World Cup with Switzerland. I was in good form. and now this has happened. It’s a real shame, but I’ve already set my sights on the future. I’ll be back soon!“

fcbayern.de: You’ll be going to the World Cup as a full Switzerland international for the second time, even though you’re only 22. How much are you looking forward to it?
Shaqiri: “A huge amount. South Africa was an amazing experience for me, and I was only just 18 at the time. Hopefully I’ll get significantly more playing time in Brazil. It’ll be fantastic. We have a terrific team and we’re aiming to hit the headlines with Switzerland.“