JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says the Israeli leader has injured his leg playing soccer with Jewish and Arab youths.

Doctors diagnosed a tear in Netanyahu's left hamstring muscle Monday and put his leg in a cast. His office says he was sent home to rest and will return to work on Tuesday.

Netanyahu's office said he was taking part in the game as part of an international project promoting Israeli tourism. The office noted that during the game Netanyahu "slipped on the grass, got up, continued to play and scored a goal." Only later did a CT scan disclose the extent of the injury.

The 62-year-old Netanyahu is an avid soccer fan.

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