Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out of Euro 2020 due to knee injury

Striker limped off during AC Milan’s victory over Juventus and faces six weeks on the sidelines

Sports Staff
Saturday 15 May 2021 14:55
Comments
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered a knee injury
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered a knee injury

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the upcoming European Championship because of a knee injury, the Swedish football federation confirmed on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic limped out of AC Milan’s 3-0 win at Juventus last weekend and the Sweden forward had further tests on his injured left knee on Saturday.

Milan released a statement saying that Ibrahimovic will undergo “a conservative treatment of six weeks” and the Swedish football federation announced shortly afterwards that the 39-year-old had told the national coach that he would not be fit in time for the tournament.

“Today, Zlatan has informed Janne Andersson that his injury will stop him from participating in the European Championships this summer,” the federation said in a tweet. “Get excited Zlatan, we hope to see you on the football field again soon!”

Ibrahimovic came out of international retirement in March, five years after his last match for his country.

Euro 2020, which was postponed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, kicks off on 11 June. Sweden’s first match is against Spain on 14 June. It also plays Poland and Slovakia in Group E.

Andersson confirmed that Ibrahimovic had informed him earlier Saturday.

“Of course, it feels sad, especially for Zlatan but also for us,” Andersson said in a statement. “I hope he is back on the field again as soon as possible.”

Associated Press

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in