Football: Soccer-Sweden to start Nations League campaign without injured Ibrahimovic

(Reuters) – Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not going to characteristic for Sweden of their 4 UEFA Nations League matches subsequent month, nationwide staff supervisor Janne Andersson stated on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic has struggled with a knee harm in current months, final taking part in a full 90 minutes in January for his membership AC Milan.

“Everyone is aware of that he has had an harm drawback for some time and has withdrawn from the match from that perspective,” Andersson stated.

Ibrahimovic first retired from the Swedish nationwide staff after Euro 2016, however returned for his or her World Cup qualifiers in 2021.

He is Sweden’s all-time main scorer, with 62 targets in 121 video games.

When requested if Ibrahimovic had completely dominated himself out of taking part in for Sweden, Andersson stated he would keep involved with the 40-year-old.

“We will keep up a correspondence sooner or later, we agreed on this final time we spoke. We simply talked concerning the upcoming video games, nothing else,” Andersson stated.

Rangers defender Filip Helander and Sampdoria midfielder Albin Ekdal have additionally been dominated out of the squad due to accidents.

Sweden, who’ve been drawn in group B4, are away to Slovenia (June 3) earlier than internet hosting Norway (June 6) and Serbia (June 10), adopted by a visit to face Norway on June 12.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Andreas Linde (Greuther Furth), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (AIK), Robin Olsen (Aston Villa).

Defenders: Joel Andersson (Midtjylland), Ludwig Augustinsson (Sevilla), Hjalmar Ekdal (Djurgarden), Gabriel Gudmundsson(Lille), Emil Krafth (Newcastle), Alexander Milosevic (AIK), Joakim Nilsson (Arminia Bielefeld), Victor Nilsson Lindelof (Manchester United), Martin Olsson (Malmo), Carl Starfelt (Celtic).

Midfielders: Viktor Claesson (F.C. Copenhagen), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Jesper Karlsson (AZ Alkmaar), Jesper Karlstrom (Lech Poznan), Kerim Mrabti (Mechelen), Kristoffer Olsson (Anderlecht), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna).

Attackers: Anthony Elanga (Manchester United), Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry City), Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham Hotspur), Robin Quaison (Al-Ettifaq), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad).

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk, modifying by Ed Osmond)

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