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Injured Ibra withdraws from Sweden squad

Injured Ibra withdraws from Sweden squad

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pulled out of Sweden's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of his Achilles tendon injury, the country's football federation announced Saturday, reports AFP. The striker, who turns 40 on Sunday, has played only once this season for AC Milan, scoring as a substitute in a win over Lazio last month. He ended a near five-year retirement from international football in March with the aim of playing at Euro 2020, but missed the tournament with a knee injury. Sweden host Kosovo, on October 9, and Greece three days later. The Swedes sit second in qualifying Group B, four points behind Spain but with two games in hand. Ibrahimovic is his country's all-time record scorer with 62 goals in 118 appearances, but has not found the net in international football since 2015. Sweden have called up Viktor Gyokeres in his place.