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

Tuesday.

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

Croatia.

”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.