Switzerland’s Stocker out injured for 7 months

Switzerland winger Valentin Stocker will miss the rest of

qualifying for the 2012 European Championship after injuring his

right knee while playing for FC Basel.

Basel says the 22-year-old Stocker had surgery Monday to repair

a torn ACL and will be sidelined for seven months, also ruling him

out of the under-21 European tournament in June.

Stocker was injured during league-leading Basel’s 2-1 victory

over Young Boys on Saturday.

He is the third Basel forward unavailable to play for

Switzerland in the June 4 qualifier in England, after Alex Frei and

Marco Streller retired from international football.

Stocker is also eligible for the Swiss under-21 team, which has

qualified for the eight-team European event in Denmark.