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
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).