STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Sweden are set to risk Zlatan Ibrahimovic for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia on Thursday, despite the Paris Saint-Germain striker not being fully fit, coach Erik Hamren said on Monday.
“We will know more tomorrow (Tuesday) on how it is looking for him, but I hope he will be on the pitch Thursday,” said Hamren.
The national captain, 33, has yet to return to full training as he recovers from a thigh injury and hasn’t played for PSG since September 21 against Lyon (1-1).
He is Sweden’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals from 100 appearances and also played at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the past three European championships.
Sweden opened their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw in Austria and now host Russia before the visit of Liechtenstein next Sunday.