Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign as a result of the veteran requiring six weeks worth of treatment on a knee injury.
The AC Milan striker was forced off in the 3-0 win against Juventus last weekend and the concerns that he would miss out this summer have now been officially realised.
Despite Ibrahimovic not needing surgery on the problem, Sweden boss Janne Andersson has now confirmed he will not be available for selection.
‘I spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic today, who unfortunately told me his injury will prevent his participation in the European Championship this summer,’ Andersson said.
‘Of course it is sad, especially for Zlatan, but for us too. I hope that he is back on the pitch again as soon as possible.’
Ibrahimovic was seen fighting for possession in the middle of the pitch at the Allianz Stadium last weekend before falling to the turf and holding his left knee.
Despite trying to play on in Turin, Ibrahimovic, 39, was unable to continue and had been begrudgingly hauled off whilst shaking his head.
In an attempt to discover the extent of his setback, Ibrahimovic then visited Volker Mushal, a renowned surgeon, in Pittsburgh.
Mushal was the doctor who carried out the operation on the veteran ace’s serious knee injury during his time at Manchester United in 2017.
He made his emotional, and surprise, return for Sweden during March’s World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo.
Having brazenly announced his comeback as the ‘return of God’, Ibrahimovic set up the only goal in the 1-0 over Georgia and picked up two more assist against Kosovo.
Fresh from his heroics, he joked he was the ‘new King’ of Sweden.
Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 internationals before announcing his retirement following his country’s group stage elimination at Euro 2016.
Sweden will now take on Spain, Poland and Slovakia in Group E next month without their towering talisman.
It was discovered Ibrahimovic sustained a sprain, but the lengthy period of recovery has brought an end to any hopes of starring once again on the biggest stage.