Sunderland AFC midfielder Sebastian Larsson has his fingers crossed that he will recover from a hernia operation in time to play for Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012.
Larsson featured seven times for his country in qualifying for this summer's tournament and looked to be a certain inclusion in coach Erik Hamrén's finals squad. Sunderland therefore allowed the 26-year-old winger to undergo surgery earlier this week in order to give him sufficient time to recover.
"I am extremely grateful to the club for supporting me and giving me this opportunity to have the operation immediately," said Larsson, who will miss his side's three remaining Premier League fixtures. "This means the conditions to be prepared for EURO 2012 are much better than if I had to wait until the end of the season.
"With this solution, I will have a couple of weeks for rehabilitation and after that I will hopefully be able to practise in full with the Swedish team – on the condition I am selected." Sweden begin their Group D campaign against co-hosts Ukraine in Kyiv on 11 June, before taking on England four days later and France on 19 June.
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