Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, called by Sweden to World Cup qualifiers to reach Qatar next year despite knee injury
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC is back in Sweden’s squad despite long-standing concerns about the knee injury that kept him out of Euro 2020.
The veteran striker, 39, has been called up for the World Cup qualifier against Kosovo and Greece in October.
He underwent surgery on his left knee back in June and has since adjusted a femur at club AC Milan.
But after Sweden’s shock defeat against Greece behind the victory over Spain, manager Janne Andersson hopes that the striker can regain his condition in time to make an impact.
Andersson said: “I decided to include him because I hope and believe that he can be there and contribute.”
“He has a period of injury behind him, but it is constantly improving.”
Ibrahimovic missed Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign after injuring his ACL at the end of last season.
He made a net when he returned to Serie A earlier in September when he had a brand new braided hairstyle.
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Despite the recent injury, the iconic striker has made his presence felt around Milan’s training ground.
Former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has revealed that Zlatan will blow up his team-mates in Milan even when they lose in football.
Sweden will look for some of that resilience when they take on Kosovo and Greece next month.
The Greeks gave a surprising defeat with 2-1 during the latest international window in a result that left Sweden four points from group B leaders Spain.
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