Alexander Frei is confident that Switzerland can progress at Euro 2008 without him.
The Swiss captain limped out of his country's opening fixture against Czech Republic on Saturday with a partially ruptured knee ligament.
The Borussia Dortmund striker, who had seen his 2007/08 domestic season disrupted by injury, left the field in tears as the repercussions of the problem began to dawn on him.
The veteran front-man will be forced to watch the remainder of the tournament from the sidelines but is hoping that his team-mates can build on their impressive weekend performance, despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat.
"Of course, it will be difficult after losing our first match but our team is made up of champion athletes and I know that they will do all they can to make sure the dream is still alive after Wednesday (against Turkey)," said Frei.
"We played very well against Czech Republic and our team is still in contention and still very strong mentally.
"I am convinced they will continue to play well without me."
Frei is expected to be out for up to six weeks with his latest injury, and admits that he knew the situation was bad after crumpling in a collision with Czech defender Zdenek Grygera.
"I knew straight away my tournament was over," Switzerland's all-time top scorer said.
"I felt and heard my knee and knew it wasn't good. That is why my emotions burst through.
"I still haven't quite put it out of my mind but I'm trying to look forward. I didn't sleep very well the last two nights but my friends and family have been helping to dry the tears."