Injured knee keeps Klose out of practice

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> German striker Miroslav Klose misses his second straight day of practice with a knee bruise.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Miyazaki, Japan:

German striker Miroslav Klose, the leading scorer of the World Cup with four goals in two games, missed his second straight day of practice with a knee bruise, team officials said Friday. Klose, 23, electrified the World Cup audience with a hat trick in Germany's 8-0 opening rout of Saudi Arabia. He also scored Germany's only goal in the 1-1 draw against Ireland Wednesday in Ibaraki, before being substituted in the second half. By then, he had considerably slowed down and had his right knee taped as soon as he went off the pitch. "He has a bruise on his knee and it's hindering him a little bit,'' assistant coach Michael Skibbe told reporters. Skibbe said Klose would not practice in the afternoon but team officials hoped he would be back in training Saturday. Germany's next match comes Tuesday against Cameroon for a place in the Round of 16 in Shizuoka. Defender Christoph Metzelder, who slightly twisted his right ankle against Ireland, also didn't train with the team but jogged. "I don't know yet how it's going to look like in the next few days,'' Metzelder told reporters. He is also wearing a brace to protect damaged ligaments in his left thumb.

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