Streller to miss World Cup after injury

Switzerland forward Marco Streller is out of the World Cup after

breaking down in training with a thigh muscle injury.

The Swiss Football Association said team doctors confirmed late

Wednesday that the 28-year-old Streller would not recover to go to

his second World Cup finals.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is expected to replace the FC Basel

forward with Albert Bunjaku or Nassim Ben Khalifa from his standby


Bunjaku, who plays for German club Nuremberg, would be the third

player of Kosovo descent in the squad.

Ben Khalifa, now 18, starred when Switzerland won the Under-17

World Cup last year. He will leave Grasshopper Zurich to join

Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in July.