There was a scare for Granit Xhaka yesterday when he was involved in a collision in training which, it was feared, might have damaged knee ligaments.
That would have scuppered his chances of playing at the World Cup later this month, and potentially have seen him miss the start of next season with Arsenal.
However, the Swiss Football Federation have released a statement saying that the injury was ‘only painful bruising’, with the midfielder saying, “I’m very relieved.”
The Swiss team’s doctor, Pierre Etienne Fournier said, “We could already see that the ligaments were intact, but we wanted to play it safe, also with regard to the meniscus.
“We are very relieved that it is only a painful bone bruise – and very grateful that we were able to do an MRI scan late in the evening.”
Switzerland are due to face Spain in a friendly this weekend but Xhaka will sit that out to ensure he’s ready for their challenging World Cup opener against Brazil on June 17th when he’ll injure Neymar or something.