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Allbäck setback for Swedes

Published: Friday 22 August 2003, 9.39CET
Aston Villa FC's Sweden forward Marcus Allbäck could be out for four weeks with a ruptured thigh muscle.
Published: Friday 22 August 2003, 9.39CET

Allbäck setback for Swedes

Aston Villa FC's Sweden forward Marcus Allbäck could be out for four weeks with a ruptured thigh muscle.

Sweden forward Marcus Allbäck has revealed that the injury he suffered in Wednesday's 2-1 friendly defeat against Greece was worse than first expected.

Allbäck x-rays
The 30-year-old Aston Villa FC striker looks likely to be out for up to four weeks, in which case he will miss his country's next two UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifiers. "Villa's physio has just x-rayed the injury, and I've ruptured my thigh," he said. "It looks like I'll be out for three to four weeks, but if I'm very, very lucky I'll be back earlier."

Positive thinking
Sweden, currently top of EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4 with eleven points from five games, will face San Marino in Gothenburg on 6 September and four days later travel to Chorzow to face Poland. "I've set my mind on being able to play in those games and I'm trying to be positive," Allbäck said. "But the injury is a tricky one that is very easy to aggravate if I try too hard to come back. I have to be very cautious."

Last updated: 22/08/03 16.01CET

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