Miroslav Klose Won't Play Again For Lazio This Season

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Miroslav Klose of SS Lazio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico on February 26, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Reports out of Italy suggest that Miroslav Klose won't feature again for Lazio this season, with the German eager to be fit for Euro 2012.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio will finish the remaining games of the season without Miroslav Klose. The striker picked up a thigh strain back in March, and despite the club's hope that he would manage to return for the last few matches, the biancocelesti will have to fight on for third place without him. With Euro 2012 in his sights, the German is afraid to risk his fitness ahead of the tournament.

Klose has scored a solid 25% of Lazio's goals in Serie A this season, an impressive 12 in 26 league games. The Roman side currently sit third in the table, but their position certainly isn't comfortable, with rivals AS Roma four points behind, and Udinese just three. Although Lazio managed an easy win over Napoli without Klose, it took an 88th minute goal for them to beat Cagliari, and they fell to Parma 3-1. Without their star striker, the race for third is sure to be even tighter.

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