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Switzerland defender Steve von Bergen out of World Cup with broken facial bone

Switzerland's Johan Djourou (20) signals to referee Sander Van Roekel, of the Netherlands, as Steve von Bergen lies on the ground after getting hit by France's Olivier Giroud during the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Switzerland's Johan Djourou (20) signals to referee Sander Van Roekel, of the Netherlands, as Steve von Bergen lies on the ground after getting hit by France's Olivier Giroud during the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

Switzerland central defender Steve von Bergen is out of the World Cup after breaking a facial bone in his team's 5-2 loss to France.

Von Bergen was kicked in the face by France striker Olivier Giroud as they challenged for the ball in the seventh minute of Friday's match in Salvador in Group E.

The Swiss Football Federation says von Bergen was examined in a Salvador hospital after the match and was diagnosed with a broken left orbita floor.

Von Bergen will be returning home as soon as possible with one of the team's doctors to be treated by specialists.