Zlatan Ibrahimovic forfeits Euro 2021 with Sweden

(photo of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the AC Milan shirt where he plays, April 10, 2021)

SPORT – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, victim of a sprained left knee a week ago with AC Milan, was forced to forfeit the Euro (June 11-July 11) with Sweden, announced this Saturday 15 May the Swedish federation.

“I spoke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic who unfortunately told me that his injury prevented him from participating in the Euro this summer,” Swedish coach Janne Andersson said in a statement. The 39-year-old star, returned to the selection in March nearly five years after his international farewell, will have to undergo treatment for six weeks, said his club.

“Of course, it’s sad, above all for Zlatan but also for us,” continued the coach.

The Scandinavian team relied on its striker with 118 caps and 62 goals to achieve a good competition. Sweden face Spain on June 14, Slovakia on June 18 and Poland on June 23 in the group stage.

After a successful season with AC Milan (15 goals in 19 league games), despite a more erased second part of the season, he suffered a sprained left knee a week ago during the match against Juventus (3-0).

The club, with whom he has just extended his contract until 2022, has long communicated little about his unavailability, before announcing on Saturday the visit to Milan of a specialist. This one prescribed to him “a conservatory treatment of six weeks”, that is to say until June 26th.

Like Zlatan, other stars have withdrawn from the Euro due to injuries, including Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and Spain striker Ansu Fati. The Italian midfielder of PSG Marco Verratti is uncertain for the start of the competition due to an injury to a ligament in the right knee.

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