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Henrik Larsson makes cameo comeback

Swedish veteran Henrik Larsson pulled on his boots and rekindled past glories in a fleeting appearance on Wednesday for local Helsingborg side Högaborg, the division two outfit where his glittering career began.

Henrik Larsson makes cameo comeback

“It was great fun to play. I can’t remember the last time I played for Högaborg,” Larsson said to the Aftonbladet daily after the game.

Larsson, who made his name at Scottish side Celtic before short spells in the twilight of his career at Barcelona and Manchester United, turned out for the Swedish fourth tier club in order to ease a striker injury crisis.

The 41-year-old local lad, who serves as assistant trainer, came on with seven minutes remaining of the tie against Tenhult which ended with a 4-2 win for Högaborg.

While the veteran goal-poacher’s impact on the play was limited, Larsson’s appearance was enough to grab the attention of the international press, with UK newspapers The Guardian and The Daily Mail both penning write ups.

The news even extended beyond the English-speaking world with newspapers in Hungary, Belgium, Indonesia and Vietnam picking up the story, according to Aftonbladet.

The match is however unlikely to signify more than an interesting anecdote in Larsson’s prestigious sporting career, with the former Swedish captain explaining to the newspaper that further appearances are unlikely.

Aside from helping his team out of a bind, the match completes the circle for Larsson who had long expressed an ambition to finish his career where it all began.

Larsson spent his youth career at Högaborg before playing 64 times for the first team, registering 23 goals.

He moved on to local giants Helsingborg, where his 50 goals in 56 appearances was enough to attract the attention of Dutch team Feyenoord.

Larsson moved on to Glasgow in 1997 and spent seven years with Celtic before short spells with Barcelona, where he notably came off the bench to help the Catalans to win the Champions League in 2006.

While Henrik plans to return to the dugout, the family name will however remain on the teamsheet for the immediate future as son Jordan is a member of the Högaborg first team squad.

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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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