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Injured Deisler to miss World Cup

BERLIN, Germany -- Germany midfielder Sebastian Deisler will miss the World Cup because of a knee injury, the German Football Association have confirmed.

An arthroscopy performed in the United States showed that the 26-year-old Bayern Munich star needs surgery on his knee and will be out of action for six months.

Deisler has had four operations on his right knee, one of which meant he missed the 2002 World Cup.

He sustained the latest injury in a clash with England midfielder Owen Hargreaves during training on Tuesday.

The operation will be performed by American knee specialist Richard Steadman at his clinic in Vail, Colorado.

Deisler should be back in Germany in about a week.

One of few truly creative players Germany possess and a great crosser of the ball, Deisler is an automatic choice for Germany when fully fit and his injury is a blow to national coach Juergen Klinsmann's World Cup hopes.

Deisler was hailed as a unique talent when he was a teenager but his promising career has been hobbled by injury.

He was also sidelined for five months during the 2003-2004 season while being treated for depression.

His doctor said at the time that pressure to live up to expectations and the fight against injuries, as well as private problems, had taken their toll.

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