Why is Zlatan Ibrahimovic not in Sweden squad?
The Sweden and AC Milan star won’t be playing in the European championship. Here’s all the information you need to know on the forward’s absence.
Like a fine wine, he gets better with age. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 39, doesn’t seem to get tired of scoring goals and his performances keep on impressing the fans.
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The AC Milan forward, 39, has scored 15 goals in 19 matches in Serie A this season, being called up for his national team for World Cup qualifiers in March after coming out of international retirement. However, everything suddenly changed.
The reason why Ibrahimovic is not playing for Sweden at Euro 2020
Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Euro 2020 due to injury. The veteran forward picked up a knee injury last May, during a Serie A match against Juventus that ended with a 3-0 win for the Rossoneri.
Zlatan, who has netted 62 times for Sweden and is his country's record goalscorer, was taken off the pitch and replaced by Ante Rebic in the 66 th minute. He was ruled out for the rest of the season. Although the ligament is not broken, he will still be unable to return in time to face Spain, Poland and Slovakia.
Right after the injury, the Swedish FA said on Twitter account: “Today, Zlatan has informed [head coach] 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!”.
Meanwhile, Sweden coach Janne Andersson said: "I spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who unfortunately told me his injury will prevent his participation in the European Championship this summer”.
Zlatan has not made any announcement on his international future following his injury, but he will likely try to compete at the World Cup in Qatar just 18 months away.