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Larsson rules out staying at Manchester United

Swedish striker Henrik Larsson has ruled out any extension to his loan period at Manchester United and has insisted he will return home next month as planned.

The former Celtic star is set for his first Champions League appearance for Alex Ferguson’s team against Lille in nearby Lens later Tuesday.

But the 35-year-old has said he will return to Swedish parent club Helsingborgs on March 12 as originally planned, a week after the second leg against the French club.

“I am not saying that I am not flattered or grateful to get the opportunity to extend my stay but there are other things I need to think about,” he said.

“The Swedish season starts at the end of March and I need to get back to that. I will stay only until March 12.”

Larsson said that although he had been enjoying his time at Manchester, the travel to and from Sweden had been testing.

“I am going back and forward and it’s not an ideal situation,” he said.

“This is a great adventure for me. I arrived in January and I’m going home in March to play in Sweden. It suits me perfectly.”

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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