Lazio and Germany forward Miroslav Klose will miss a month with a muscle tear.
Lazio and Germany forward Miroslav Klose will miss a month with a muscle tear.
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ROME (AP) - Lazio forward Miroslav Klose has been ruled out for a month with a left thigh muscle tear, damaging his chances of selection for Germany's World Cup squad.

Lazio announced the injury details Tuesday following exams.

Klose was expected to play in Lazio's 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday but was held out at the last minute due to the latest in a long string of muscle problems this season. Nevertheless, he has scored seven goals in 22 Serie A matches.

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The 35-year-old Klose is tied with fellow Germany great Gerd Mueller for second place on the World Cup's all-time scoring list with 14 goals each. Brazil legend Ronaldo holds the record with 15 goals. Klose and Mueller are tied for Germany's all-time goals lead with 68.

Lazio and Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez will also miss a month with a right leg injury.

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