At almost 40 years old, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be with Sweden in the knockout matches heading to Qatar 2022 for the duels against Kosovo and Greece
The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the main novelty of Sweden’s list for the next two qualifying matches for the Qatar 2022 World Cup presented on Tuesday by coach Jan “Janne” Andersson.
The Milan striker returned to the national team in March five years after leaving it, but a knee injury prevented him from playing in the last European Championship and kept him away from the previous call.
“Ibra”, who will turn 40 in a few days, has not played the last few days with his team due to a heel problem, but Andersson believes that he will be ready.
“He improves all the time and is about to be cured. There are still eleven days to start training,” said the Swedish coach at a press conference in Stockholm.
Andersson nevertheless admitted that it is “doubtful” that Ibrahimovic could be to start, and was more optimistic about the contest of Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak.
“I spoke with Alex yesterday. Rehabilitation has gone very well and I hope he is fully recovered for concentration,” he said.
Sweden is second in group B with 9 points, 4 behind Spain but with two games less, although they still have to play away from Luis Enrique’s team.
The next two matches for the Swedish team will be at home against Kosovo (October 9) and Greece (day 12), a team that defeated them in Athens 2-1 on the previous day.
The Swedish roster is made up of the following players:
-Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (Rome), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (AIK), Pontus Dahlberg (Doncaster)
-Defenses: Victor Nilsson Lindelöf (Manchester United), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Pro), Mattias Johansson (Legia), Joakim Nilsson (Arminia Bilefeld), Emil Krafth (Newcastle United), Carl Starfelt (Celtic), Ludwig Augustinsson (Sevilla), Martin Olsson ( Malmö).
Midfielders: Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kristoffer Olsson (Anderlecht), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Jens Cajuste (Midtjylland), Ken Sema (Watford), Magnus Eriksson (Djurgården).
Forwards: Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Robin Quaison (Al-Ettifaq), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan), Isaac Kiese Thelin (Baniyas), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus) Jesper Karlsson (AZ Alkmaar).