Ibrahimovic injured again, misses Sweden vs Azerbaijan

March 28, 2023 GMT
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Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic wipes his brow during the Euro 2024 group F qualifying soccer match between Sweden and Belgium at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Friday March 24, 2023. (Maja Suslin/TT News Agency via AP)
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Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic wipes his brow during the Euro 2024 group F qualifying soccer match between Sweden and Belgium at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Friday March 24, 2023. (Maja Suslin/TT News Agency via AP)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed Sweden’s match against Azerbaijan in European Championship qualifying on Monday because of injury.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson didn’t disclose the precise nature of Ibrahimovic’s problem when confirming the AC Milan striker’s absence ahead of the game.

“It’s really frustrating for him and really frustrating for us. Unfortunately, that’s where we are,” Andersson said of Ibrahimovic, who made his first national team appearance in a year on Friday in the 3-0 loss to Belgium.

Ibrahimovic has recently returned to fitness after nearly eight months out with a knee injury.

Milan plays Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on April 12.

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