Sweden defender Majstorovic out of Euro 2012

Sweden defender Daniel Majstorovic will miss the European
Championship after he injured his left knee during training on

The Swedish Football Association said the Celtic player hurt his
cruciate ligament in a clash with midfielder Anders Svensson as the
team prepared for Wednesday’s friendly against Croatia.

”According to my judgment it’s an injury that will have to be
operated on and it normally means a convalescence of around eight
months,” Sweden team doctor Leif Svard said.

The 34-year-old Majstorovic accepted he would not play at the
European Championship beginning June 8, but said he was not
considering retirement.

”I’ve looked forward to the European Championship for so long
and of course it hurts to realize that I will miss it,” he said.
”I’m going to do everything I can to be able to come back as soon
as possible. I still feel as though I have a lot to give on the
football field and I don’t want to give up on my career just
because of this.”

Majstorovic was taken to hospital along with striker John
Guidetti who was also hurt during the training session in

”This hurts, for all of us, but above all for Daniel,” Sweden
coach Erik Hamren said. ”This means of course that he will be away
for a long time.”

Feyenoord forward Guidetti was not seriously injured and could
make his national team debut in Wednesday’s friendly, the Swedish
Football Association said.

Sweden begins its Euro 2012 campaign against co-host Ukraine on
June 11. England and France make up the rest of their group.