EURO 2016


Swedes sweat for Zlatan before Austria clash

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a doubt for his country's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Austria on Tuesday, coach Erik Hamren has said.

Swedes sweat for Zlatan before Austria clash
Ibrahimovic is Sweden's top scorer in history. Photo: Pontus Lindahl/TT

The 33-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker came off at half-time in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Russia in Moscow complaining of an apparent abdominal injury.

“We will see. Let's hope it goes quickly but it remains to be seen if he will be able to play,” Hamren said when asked about how long Ibrahimovic may be out.

“It depends how quickly he can recover,” added Hamren at a press conference at the Friends Arena in the Stockholm suburb of Solna, where Sweden host the Austrians on Tuesday.

“He has a haemorrhage to the internal oblique muscle of the abdomen. he did that in his last match for PSG. He felt it on Monday and Tuesday. Thursday and Friday he put everything in and felt nothing.

“But in an aerial duel in the 12th minute it opened up again and after that he struggled to be at 100 percent.”

Ibrahimovic said after the match on Saturday that he believed his team had deserved at least a draw in Moscow.  

“I have no idea what happened to me late in the first half,” Ibrahimovic said. “I just felt a sharp pain in my leg and asked to be substituted. It seems strange but Sweden played even better without me,” he said.
“We dominated the play after the break and should have scored. I think we deserved a draw,” he added.
Sweden's defeat leaves them second in Group G with three games remaining, one point clear of the Russians and seven behind leaders Austria.



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.