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Metzelder injury less serious than first thought

BERLIN, April 3 (Reuters) - Germany defender Christoph Metzelder is expected to resume training on Thursday after the leg injury he sustained at the weekend turned out to be less serious than first feared.

The Borussia Dortmund centre back, who has spent much of the season on the bench, hurt his left leg in a rare start in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Playing in place of the suspended Markus Brzenska, Metzelder had to leave the pitch at halftime due to the injury, which turned out to be just a bad bruise.

'It still hurts but I'm relieved that it's nothing more serious,' Metzelder told reporters.

The 25-year-old has recovered from career-threatening Achilles injuries and back problems in recent years to return to the national team even though he only rarely plays for Dortmund.

He was a member of the Germany side that lost to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final.