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By ESPN Staff
Jan 24, 2007

Croatia and Werder star set for kidney transplant

ZAGREB, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Werder Bremen's Croatian international striker Ivan Klasnic will undergo a kidney transplant later this week, Croat media reported on Wednesday citing his family's lawyer.

'Until a few days ago the doctors hoped they would be able to save Klasnic's kidney with medication, but it has now been confirmed that a transplant is the only solution,' the Novi List daily quoted a press statement by lawyer Klaus-Peter Hornsdach as saying.

If the recovery goes well, the 26-year-old could, according to doctors, be able to resume training six to eight weeks after the surgery, the newspaper Jutarnji List reported. But some doctors warned that this situation could endanger his career.

The daily said that Klasnic's kidney problems were first discovered after he underwent appendix surgery in Nov. 2005.

Werder's sporting director Klaus Allofs said the club was deeply moved by the news and promised full support in Klasnic's efforts to overcome his medical problems.

Klasnic has been playing for Werder since 2001 and scored 42 goals in 135 matches. He has played 26 times for Croatia, scoring eight goals.