Injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic named in Sweden squad

Sweden on Monday named injured star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier with Montenegro and a friendly with France.

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014, 11:20 AM IST
Injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic named in Sweden squad

Stockholm: Sweden on Monday named injured star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier with Montenegro and a friendly with France.

Ibrahimovic has not played since September 21 because of a nagging heel problem but his coach at Paris Saint-Germain, Laurent Blanc, said last week that the 33-year-old was on the road to recovery.

"His participation does of course depend on his injury healing," read a statement released by the Swedish football federation.

"Zlatan is positive and I am hopeful that he will train this week and play for PSG before the qualifiers but we will wait and see," said Sweden coach Erik Hamren.

Sweden are third in Euro 2016 qualifying Group G with five points from three games, one point above Montenegro before the teams clash in Podogorica on Saturday, November 15.

They then face France in a friendly on November 18 at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, where Ibrahimovic could expect a warm welcome given the bitter rivalry between PSG and OM.
Sweden squad

Goalkeepers: Johan Dahlin (Genclerbirligi/TUR), Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa/TUR), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen/NED)

Defenders: Mikael Antonsson, Pierre Bengtsson (both FC Copenhagen/DEN), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar/RUS), Mikael Lustig (Celtic/SCO), Martin Olsson (Norwich City/ENG)

Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos/GRE), Albin Ekdal (Cagliari/ITA), Alexander Kacaniklic (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Kim Källström (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland/ENG), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Erkan Zengin (Eskisehirspor/TUR), Nabil Bahoui (AIK), Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos/GRE)

Forwards: Emil Forsberg (Malmö FF), John Guidetti (Celtic/SCO, on loan from Manchester City/ENG), Branimir Hrgota (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Isaac Kiese Thelin (Malmö FF), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)