CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland -- Algeria midfielder Mourad Meghni will miss the World Cup after failing to recover from a left knee injury.
The Algeria soccer federation says team doctors assessed the 26-year-old Meghni on Monday and decided that he needed surgery.
Meghni was one of several players in coach Rabah Saadane's preliminary squad with dual nationality who played youth internationals for France but switched allegiance after FIFA removed the age restriction last year.
Algeria is in Group C with England, Slovenia and the United States. Algeria faces the U.S. on June 23.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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