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Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is confident of being fit for the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a fractured cheekbone.

Schwarzer was injured during Middlesbrough’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to West Ham United on Sunday. He collided with West Ham striker Dean Ashton and had to come off.

“Mark is likely to miss the rest of Middlesbrough’s season but should be okay for the World Cup,” the club’s chief medical officer Grant Downie told Middlesbrough’s official website.

Boro said Schwarzer may be allowed to resume training wearing a protective mask in two weeks time.

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