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Ibrahimovic returns to Swedish fold for Euro qualifier

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, absent from the Swedish national side in recent months, will be available for selection for their Euro 2008 championships qualifier against Northern Ireland, the Swedish football association said on Friday.

“After discussions with Zlatan he is now available for the national team,” Swedish coaches Lars Lagerbäck and Roland Andersson said in a statement published on the Swedish FA’s website.

Sweden were without the striker for their Group F Euro 2008 championships qualifying matches against Iceland and group favourites Spain in October.

The 25-year-old Inter Milan forward has not played for his country since Lagerbäck cut him from the selection against Liechtenstein, after he went out partying on the eve of the September 6 Euro qualifier.

Sweden face Northern Ireland on March 28 in Belfast.

FOOTBALL

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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