Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be risked in their friendly with France in Gothenburg to allow him to recover fully from a knee injury. The Inter Milan striker has been suffering from a condition known as high-jumper's knee, which is prevalent among athletes and basketball players, and was a big doubt for the game.
Earlier on Tuesday, Swedish Football Association spokesman Thomas Saleteg said Ibrahimovic, 26, may play a small part in the match. "He feels stronger and stronger," he commented.
"He had a knee injury. But he's recovering very well and has played 90 minutes with Inter. So he looks good and is confident for the season."
However, Sweden coach Lars Lagerback later indicated that he would not take the chance on the 26-year-old. Ibrahimovic appeared twice during UEFA EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, scoring on both occasions.
Sweden will be without Freddie Ljungberg, who retired from international football in June, but the side are to be skippered by another talismanic figure. "We have Henrik Larsson as captain tomorrow and I hope we can do quite well," said Saletag.
"Henrik Larsson is still a great player. He is probably the best player in the Swedish league. He is a very strong player."
"We all expect a very good match, an open game, but of course France are a world-class nation. We are strong at home. I think it will be a very tight game."