Xherdan Shaqiri out for six weeks

Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri is ruled out for at least six weeks after suffering a thigh tear on international duty.

Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out for at least six weeks after tests revealed that he suffered a thigh tear on international duty.

Shaqiri picked up the problem during Switzerland's victory over Albania last Friday, a win which secured their place in next summer's World Cup finals.

Swiss boss Ottmar Hitzfeld sent Shaqiri back to Munich for Bayern club doctors to look at the problem, but those examinations have shown that he will be out for six to seven weeks.

The 22-year-old has admitted that he is bitterly disappointed with the news, but expects to recover quickly after suffering a similar injury in the past.

He told Bayern's official website: "It's a bitter diagnosis. I'm disappointed, but I'll try to get fit again as quickly as possible.

"I've had one of these tears before, on my left thigh, and I recovered from it quite quickly so I hope it will be the same again this time.

"It really is bad timing. I'd had a great week. I was in good form, and now this happens. It's a shame, but I'm looking ahead and I'll be back soon."

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola will be without the youngster until December, meaning that Shaqiri is unlikely to feature in the Bundesliga until 2014 due to the winter break.

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Bayern Munich's Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri reacts during the UEFA Super Cup football match FC Bayern Munich vs Chelsea FC on August 30, 2013
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