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

includes Honduras.

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.