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By ESPN Staff
Jan 19, 2009

Injury set to force Bayern's Sagnol to retire

France and Bayern Munich defender Willy Sagnol is set to retire after failing to recover from an Achilles' tendon injury, Bayern team manager Uli Hoeness said on Monday.

"I had a chat with Willy Sagnol this week and it is my understanding that he will end his career," Hoeness told German tz newspaper.

"I feel very sorry for Willy. This is a very sad fate."

Sagnol, who has not officially announced his retirement, had undergone surgery before the start of the season after an already injury-plagued previous year.

A solid defender capped 58 times by France, the 31-year old has been with Bayern since 2000, winning the UEFA Champions League the following year.

A 2006 World Cup runner-up, Sagnol has also won the German championship five times and the German Cup four times.

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