Football: Swiss happy after Xhaka's training-ground knee injury deemed not serious

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka had hobbled off the pitch after sustaining a training ground injury, fearing he had damaged ligaments in his knee.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka had hobbled off the pitch after sustaining a training ground injury, fearing he had damaged ligaments in his knee.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LAUSANNE (AFP) - Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka expressed relief after getting good news about a training ground injury that threatened to scupper his World Cup chances for Switzerland on Thursday (May 31).

He had hobbled off the pitch fearing he had damaged ligaments in his knee.

But the 25-year-old, who suffered a bone contusion injury that will sideline him for Sunday's friendly against Spain in Villarreal, is expected to return to action quickly.

"I'm very relieved," Xhaka said via a statement issued by the Swiss football federation.

Xhaka underwent a MRI scan which ruled out a more serious injury.

Swiss team doctor Pierre-Etienne Fournier said: "We're very relieved. He has only suffered a painful bone contusion injury.

"The ligaments are intact, but we wanted to be sure that the meniscus wasn't damaged either."

Switzerland kick off their World Cup campaign in Group E against five-time champions Brazil on June 15, before then facing Serbia and Costa Rica.