Ibrahimovic out of Barcelona Champions clash

Updated: Sep 12, 2011, 20:40 PM IST

Barcelona: Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Tuesday`s plum Champions League clash betwen Barcelona and AC Milan at the Camp Nou due to a groin problem.

The 28-year-old has not even travelled to Spain with the rest of the Milan squad to face his former employers.

However, chief executive Adriano Galliani said it was not a big problem for the Italian champions.

"We`re calm and relaxed, we`ll play Pato and (Antonio) Cassano, who are two great players," he told reporters.

"I don`t like feeling sorry for myself. We`re champions of Italy and we`re not going to play a knock-out match, there will be others so we`ll continue calmly.”

"Barcelona are the best team in the world but we`re the one with the most (international) trophies.”

"We`ll play as we always have in the best stadiums in the world, it will be a footballing party."

Milan and Barcelona are the overwhelming favourites to progress from Group H which also includes minnows Viktoria Plzen and BATE Borisov.

Bureau Report