Xherdan Shaqiri out until December
Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is set for a seven-week spell on the sidelines with a torn hamstring sustained on international duty, the club has confirmed.
Shaqiri, 22, was substituted just minutes after his goal in Switzerland's 2-1 in Albania on Friday, and was sent home two days later before coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's side played their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, a 1-0 home win over Slovenia.
"In a situation like this, you have to be aware of your responsibilities to the player and his club," the former Bayern Munich coach said at the time.
Upon reporting to the Bayern medical staff, hopes of a quick return for Shaqiri vanished. The former Basel midfielder, who had a good start under new Bayern boss Pep Guardiola with ten appearances in all competitions so far this season, lamented the diagnosis.
"I will try to return to full health as soon as possible," he told Bayern's official website. "That’s just awkward timing.
"I had a super week. Our great match against Leverkusen [a 1-1 draw], when the coach started me. And then securing the World Cup qualification with Switzerland. I am in good form. And now this -- bad luck! But I am already looking forward. I’ll be back soon."
While Shaqiri is ruled out until December, better news for Bayern came with playmaker Mario Goetze scoring in Germany's 5-3 win over Sweden as his recovery to full fitness appears to be near completion. Spain midfielder Javi Martinez is also close to returning from the ankle injury suffered in August's UEFA Super Cup match, although Thiago Alcantara is not expected to be fit until mid-November.