Elmander out for Sweden vs Ireland

Sweden will be without forward Johan Elmander for its upcoming

World Cup qualifier against Ireland, while Celtic defender Mikael

Lustig is in the squad after recovering from an injury.

Elmander has been struggling with injuries and was ruled out of

Galatasaray’s Champions League match against Schalke on Tuesday,

and was left out of coach Erik Hamren’s squad for the March 22


Lustig missed Celtic’s Champions League game against Juventus

last week but is hoping to be fit to play.

The team includes one newcomer as Hamren called up Erkan Zengin,

a midfielder who plays for Turkish club Eskisehirspor and impressed

in a recent game against Galatasaray.

Young Boys forward Alexander Gerndt is also back in the team

following a suspension after being found guilty of assaulting his

ex-wife. Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected

to spearhead Sweden’s attack.

Sweden is second in Group C behind Germany, with Ireland a point

behind in third place.


Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Kristoffer Nordfeldt,

(Heerenveen), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen).

Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Andreas Granqvist

(Genoa), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Per Nilsson (Nuernberg), Jonas

Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Martin Olsson (Blackburn), Behrang

Safari (Anderlecht).

Midfielders/forwards: Jimmy Durmaz (Genclerbirligi), Rasmus Elm

(CSKA Moscow), Alexander Gerndt (Young Boys), Samuel Holmen

(Istanbul), Tobias Hysen (IFK Goteborg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris

Saint-Germain), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Alexander Kacaniklic

(Burnley), Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), Sebastian Larsson

(Sunderland), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA

Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Eskisehirspor).