Mumbai: Mumbai City FC on Tuesday announced that an injury has forced its marquee player Freddie Ljungberg to miss the team's remaining matches in the inaugural season of Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament.
The former Arsenal star will return to Europe for treatment.
Speaking about his exit, Ljungberg said, "I'd like to thank Mumbai City Football Club for the great welcome and support they have given me. I'm sad to leave earlier than planned due to injury and that I won't be able to help my team in the last few games. I have enjoyed every moment and fallen in love with India and its people, a beautiful experience which I won't forget."
Ljungberg is recognised the world over for his skill and contribution to the sport when he was part of Arsenal's feared line-up in the early part of the millennium. For several seasons, he played a major role for the club and was part of the unbeaten 49-game run for the team.
In 2008, Arsenal's manager Ars?ne Wenger placed Ljungberg 11th in Gunners' Greatest 50 Players. For his home country of Sweden, Ljungberg has earned 75 caps scoring 14 times.
Commenting on Ljungberg's departure, Mumbai City FC COO Arunava Choudhary said, "Due to an injury from which Freddie Ljungberg will not recover in time for the remainder of the season, we've agreed to let Freddie go back to Europe and follow the rest of his treatment there."