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Last Updated: Monday, 22 January 2007, 13:45 GMT
Knee injury ends Nowotny career
Jens Nowotny
Defender Nowotny has a history of serious knee problems
Dinamo Zagreb's former German international defender Jens Nowotny has been forced to retire at the age of 33 because of a knee problem.

He only managed 10 games for Zagreb before being hit by the injury.

"To think I may have to wait another 10 months through physiotherapy and returning to training - this is enough," said the 33-year-old.

"We've agreed to go our separate ways. I wanted to finish here but before the winter break I felt pain in my knee."

He made a total of 48 international appearances and was still part of Germany coach Joachim Low's plans leading up to Euro 2008.



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