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Ekdal doubt overshadows Sweden announcement

A freak injury to midfielder Albin Ekdal has left a major question mark hanging over Erik Hamrén's 23-man Sweden squad for UEFA EURO 2016.

Midfielder Albin Ekdal suffered a serious gash to his back
Midfielder Albin Ekdal suffered a serious gash to his back ©Getty Images

Sweden squad for UEFA EURO 2016
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasımpaşa), Robin Olsen (København), Patrik Carlgren (AIK).

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (København), Erik Johansson (København), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelöf (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich).

Sweden's U21 penalty glory

Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moskva), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmö), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Källström (Grasshoppers).

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrköping).

"My squad was pretty set on Sunday, but then on Monday there was some news that made me think," said Erik Hamrén as he revealed Sweden's UEFA EURO 2016 squad.

His main concern was midfielder Albin Ekdal; the Hamburg player – who played in eight qualifying games – suffered a deep cut to his back after falling on to a glass table top at the weekend. "He has to rest completely now – we don't know how long for," the coach explained. "He might not be in the squad at the finals – it depends on his recovery process.

EURO star Ibrahimović

The 23-man squad is headed by captain Zlatan Ibrahimović, referred to by Hamrén as "our only world-class player". If Sweden are to make it to the knockout phase, the coach said the Paris striker "needs to be on top form and the team need to play three matches at 100%", adding: "If we get through, anything can happen."

Six members of the squad were winners at last summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic: Ludwig Augustinsson, Patrik Carlgren, John Guidetti, Oscar Hiljemark, Oscar Lewicki and Victor Lindelöf.

Sweden's Group E fixtures
13/06: Republic of Ireland v Sweden (Saint-Denis)
17/06: Italy v Sweden (Toulouse)
22/06: Sweden v Belgium (Nice)