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Leg injury may keep Zlatan out of Champions League quarter finals

Following an injury to his right leg, Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to play during the Champions League quarter-final second leg clash with Arsenal on Tuesday.

The Swede, who scored both goals in the 2-2 draw in the first leg in London last week, pulled up in the pre-match warm-up to Saturday’s 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao which put Barcelona top of La Liga.

Ibrahimovic is also a doubt for Saturday’s ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid.

“He is not ruled out of Tuesday’s match by any means, but it will be difficult for him to play,” said Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. “He already had some problems after the first game in London.”

Barcelona are already without Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol through suspension for Tuesday’s clash.

That has already forced Guardiola to reshuffle his back-line and now he needs to change his first-choice striker with Thierry Henry and Bojan Krkic, who scored twice on Saturday, candidates to deputise.

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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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