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Zlatan won’t play in Euro 2016 Russia qualifier

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not been named in Sweden's starting squad for their Euro 2016 qualifying match against Russia on Thursday.

Zlatan won't play in Euro 2016 Russia qualifier
Zlatan won't start against Russia on Thursday night. Photo: TT

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has missed his club's last four matches, including the 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, with a heel problem.

Ibrahimovic's place will be taken by Rennes' Olla Toivonen, the Swedish football federation announced, adding that goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson will captain the side.

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He trained separately from his Sweden colleagues on Tuesday morning but said his fitness was "on the right track".
   
However, he added: "When you go out onto the pitch, you need to be 100 percent in my opinion. When I do it I almost feel like a zombie."
 
Sweden, who began their Euro 2016 campaign with a Group G 1-1 draw in Austria last month, also host Liechtenstein on Sunday.

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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