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Bundesliga: Frankfurt's Alex Meier out for the rest of the season

Frankfurt's leading marksman will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Meier is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday after tests in Basel. He is the Bundesliga's top scorer with 19 goals.

Eintracht Frankfurt's hopes of qualifying for Europe this season have taken a blow with the news that Alexander Meier, the Bundesliga's top scorer, will be miss the rest of the campaign.

The 32-year-old striker was told by doctors in Basel, Switzerland that he will need to go under the knife on Tuesday to deal with his knee troubles.

Meier has scored 19 goals this season for Frankfurt and is the league's outright top goalscorer ahead of Arjen Robben.

"The loss of Alex hits us hard, we had hoped that he could help us with his goals in the last few games of the season," said Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf.

Meier joined Frankfurt from Hamburg in 2004 and has scored almost 100 league goals for the club. The 196cm striker, also the club captain, is on the books of the club until June 2017.

"I am very sad that I have to have surgery," said Meier who missed the defeat at Bayern Munich on Saturday. "It's a pity that I can not finish the season and help the team."

Meier underwent a successful operation on his knee Tuesday.

Frankfurt is eighth in the Bundesliga on 35 points and is four points behind sixth-place Augsburg who occupy the last Europa League position.

rd/apc (dpa)