Swiss Gavranovic going home due to injured knee

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Switzerland's forward Mario Gavranovic gestures at a press conference at the Praia Hotel in Porto Seguro on June 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine Poujoulat )

Switzerland's forward Mario Gavranovic gestures at a press conference at the Praia Hotel in Porto Seguro on June 8, 2014

Switzerland's forward Mario Gavranovic gestures at a press conference at the Praia Hotel in Porto Seguro on June 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine Poujoulat )

Geneva (AFP) - Switzerland forward Mario Gavranovic is heading home from the World Cup after tearing his cruciate knee ligament in training, his federation (ASF) said Saturday.

"Mario Gavranovic badly injured his knee in Switzerland's training in Porto Seguro on Saturday," said the ASF statement.

The FC Zurich forward's foot got stuck in the turf when he fell badly.

A scan revealed he had torn his cruciate ligament. He will now go back to Switzerland for an operation.

The 24-year-old, who has 11 caps, is unlikely to play again in 2014, the ASF said.

Switzerland play in the last 16 clash against Lionel Messi's Argentina in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

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