What a shame, Zlatan Ibrahimovic . After his comeback to the Swedish national team, the top veteran striker was forced to miss the 2020 European Cup due to a knee injury.
Ibrahimovic suffered the injury while strengthening AC Milan to beat Juventus 3-0 in the Italian League last weekend. The 39-year-old striker played only about an hour before being replaced by Ante Rebic.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli said Ibrahimovic could not be played in the remaining two games against Cagliari (16/5/2021) and Atalanta (23/5). However, according to top Italian media reports Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ibrahimovic’s injury was more severe than expected and has cost at least a month.
The Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) has confirmed that Ibrahimovic will not be able to appear in the European Cup, which is scheduled to start on 11 June.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made two appearances for the Swedish national team in March after deciding to retire from international football in 2016.
During his career, players who have played for Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Paris St. Germain, and Manchester United have scored 62 goals in 112 caps in the ‘yellow-blue shirt since their debut in 2011.
Ibrahimovic’s treatment would last until June 26 at least.
“I have spoken to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who unfortunately has told me that his injury will stop his participation in the European Championship this summer,” Sweden team coach Janne Andersson said in a statement.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out of Euro 2020 due to knee injury
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss this summer’s European Championship due to a knee injury.
Ibrahimovic went off after suffering the injury in the 64th minute of AC Milan’s 3-0 win against Juventus last week. The Athletic understands that the forward has been recommended to undergo a cautious rehabilitation process that could last six weeks — which put his place at Euro 2020 in jeopardy.
His national side Sweden has confirmed that the 39-year-old informed head coach Janne Andersson that the injury has made him unavailable for this summer’s tournament.
Milan has two games remaining in the Serie A season, while Sweden kick-off their Euro 2020 campaign against Spain on June 14.
What is the nature of the injury?
The Athletic understands following the match against Juventus, Dr. Volker Musahl visited Milan to perform a check-up on Ibrahimovic’s injury to his left knee. Dr. Musahl also performed surgery on the forward after the cruciate ligament injury he suffered while at Manchester United.
Dr. Musahl recommended the Sweden international undergoes a cautious six treatment to recover from the knee injury.
What has been said?
A statement from the Sweden national team read: “Today, Zlatan has informed Janne Andersson that his injury will stop him from participating in the European Championships this summer.
“Get well Zlatan, we hope to see you on the football field again soon!”
How much of a blow is this for Milan?
In the immediate term, Milan manager Stefano Pioli would no doubt have liked to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic available for the final two games of the season especially with a trip to play Atalanta looming on the final day.
Milan is not yet guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League but they are very close and can wrap up qualification for the first time since 2014 this weekend if results go their way.
Ibrahimovic has been available only intermittently in the second half of the season through injury and suspension. Fortunately, the team has more than coped in his absence.
Milan kicked on and built on their 1-0 lead when he went off injured against Juventus, triumphing 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium last weekend. They then obliterated Torino 7-0 in midweek.
What about his national team?
Ibrahimovic came out of retirement to play for his national side for the first time in five years in March. He marked his return with an assist in a 1-0 win against Georgia.
Much like for his club, it is the intangibles and leadership qualities that Ibrahimovic provides for his international teammates that will be sorely missed.
Although time has shown it is unwise to ever rule out Ibrahimovic, it is also likely to be of personal disappointment as this summer’s tournament would have probably been his last opportunity to grace a major international tournament.
Ibrahimovic ruled out of Euro 2020 with injury
It had been hoped that the AC Milan striker merely suffered a ‘slight knock’ but he will no longer feature for Sweden in this summer’s competition