Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Ibrahimovic not certain to play all of Greek encounter

Swedish striking star Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted on Sunday that he was far from certain whether he would be able to play for all of their opening Euro 2008 Group D clash with titleholders Greece on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Inter Milan marksman – scorer of 18 goals in his 50 internationals – has been taking it lightly after suffering a left knee injury, though, he said that he didn''t feel any pain in it anymore.

“My knee is getting better, I feel ready and prepared and I am training normally,” said the fiery forwards, whose two goals in the last day of Serie A action wrapped up Inter's third successive title.

“But as I haven't played a lot of late, I don't even know myself if I can last 90 minutes, or if the coach will even select me.”

Ibrahimovic, who looks set to renew his partnership with veteran Henrik Larsson, had to sit out six weeks at the end of the season because of his left knee injury before returning with such devastating effect in the 2-0 win over Parma.

Ibrahimovic – who has played just once for the Swedes this year – has been training normnally with the rest of the squad but receiving intensive treatment every day as well.

Aside from Greece, Sweden also take on Spain on June 14 in Innsbruck and round off their group campaign against Russia on June 18, also in Innsbruck.

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