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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss Euro 2020 due to knee injury, Sweden manager confirms

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament, Sweden manager Janne Andersson confirmed on Saturday.

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The veteran Swede came out of international retirement but picked up an injury that ended his season prematurely. (Image: Twitter)
By Shayne Dias | May 15, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament, Sweden manager Janne Andersson confirmed on Saturday.

The news comes as a big blow for Sweden and Ibrahimovic himself. The 39-year-old announced a comeback from international retirement this year.

He even played his first international in five years, recording an assist in a 1-0 win against Georgia. However, he will now miss what seems likely to be his final international tournament.

“Today I have spoken to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has unfortunately communicated that his injury will prevent him from taking part in the Euros this summer,” Andersson said in a statement.

“It is of course very sad, mostly for Zlatan but also for us. I hope to see him back on the pitch again as soon as possible,” he added.

Earlier, the Sweden national team also released a statement confirming the news. “Today, Zlatan has informed Janne Andersson that his injury will stop him from participating in the European Championships this summer.

“Get well Zlatan, we hope to see you on the football field again soon!”

How significant is the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

Very. Zlatan’s influence is more than just his goals and assists. At his age, it’s also about bringing leadership and veteran know-how to the side.

This would also likely have been his last bow for his country. Granted, he has defied Father Time before but he can’t do it forever.

There’s also the fact that his current form would have been more than useful to Sweden. However, they will now have to be without him.

Nevertheless, Ibra isn’t done with the game just yet. He signed a one-year extension with AC Milan just recently. He will be keen to be a key part of the side next season too.

Milan are currently not guaranteed a spot in the Champions League next season. However, should they make it, they will be reliant on Zlatan to do well in the tournament.



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