Tuesday 11 December 2018

Sweden assessing injures to Albin Ekdal and Jimmy Durmaz

Ekdal has had x-rays on a foot problem while fellow midfielder Durmaz has a foot problem

Sweden have a couple of injury worries ahead of their quarter-final against England (Credit: Darko Bandic/AP).
Sweden have a couple of injury worries ahead of their quarter-final against England (Credit: Darko Bandic/AP).

By Carl Markham, Press Association Sport

Sweden are nursing a couple of players through injury ahead of their world Cup quarter-final encounter with England at the weekend.

Albin Ekdal has had x-rays on a foot problem while fellow midfielder Jimmy Durmaz also missed training on Wednesday because of a minor issue with his hip.

“I think they’ll check him today but he feels positive, that’s the information I’ve received,” captain Andreas Granqvist is quoted as saying by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet after Wednesday’s media session.

Midfielder Albin Ekdal is an injury worry for Sweden with a foot problem (Darko Bandic/AP)

“We hope that there is nothing serious.”Ekdal had a light gym session today before being accompanied by doctor Anders Valentin to have his foot assessed, Sweden’s press officer Staffan Stjernholm confirmed.

“He has been training in the gym while the others were out on the pitch,” he said.

“Then he and Dr. Anders Valentin went to do an x-ray. It is for safety reasons, to check.”

Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz sat out training with a hip problem (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

The 28-year-old feared he had aggravated an old injury in Tuesday’s win over Switzerland.

“It hurts a bit and it’s swollen. It’s too early to say what it’s like,” he said after the match.

“I thought I had broken my old foot injury. Then there were many thoughts that flew through my mind.”

Former Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson, is looking forward to the quarter-final meeting with England (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Durmaz was the other to sit out the session with those players who did not feature against the Swiss.

“It’s a prudent precaution, he has a little feeling in his hip,” said assistant coach Peter Wettergren.

“This training today is not the one that will determine how we will play against England.”

Former Birmingham, Sunderland and Hull midfielder Sebastian Larsson admits he is relishing the last-eight tie with England.

“Of course incredibly awesome. First and foremost, it’s a quarter-final in the World Cup, what a great challenge that means in itself,” Larsson, who was suspended for the game against Switzerland after his second yellow card of the tournament, told svenskfotboll.se.

“To do it to England, where I have spent the last 17 years and played football, will be extra inspiring to see what we can do in that match.

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