Switzerland’s Frei, Behrami to miss Spain match
Switzerland captain Alex Frei and midfielder Valon Behrami will
miss the opening Group H game against Spain on Wednesday in Durban
due to injury.
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says he wants both players to
undergo more treatment and face Chile next Monday, a game which
could decide second spot in the group behind Spain. The group also
Hitzfeld dismissed speculation that Frei’s World Cup is already
over because of a right ankle injury as “absurd.”
Frei, whose 40-goal international tally is a Swiss record, was
hurt in the final squad practice before flying to South Africa last
Behrami strained a left thigh muscle in Switzerland’s final
warmup game, a 1-1 draw against Italy on June 5.