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Sweden Captain To Miss Olympics, Zlatan Still Considered

By Johnny Edward:

The Swedish Olympic team have been dealt a severe blow ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil as their skipper Victor Lindelof has been stopped from featuring at the Games, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Swedes are in the same Rio 2016 group as Nigeria, Colombia and Japan.

The 21- year-old defender who has been listed for the Euro 2016 Championship with Sweden is one of the five Benfica players stopped from participating at the Games by coach Rui Vitoria.

Other players stopped from the games by Vitoria include: Gonçalo Guedes,Nelson Semedo, Brazilian Ederson and Mexico's Raúl Jiménez are all likely to miss out as well, reports SapoDesporto.

Lindelof was an unused substitute for Sweden in Sunday's 3-0 thumping of Wales in their final warm up game ahead of the Euros.

"No Benfica players may participate at all at the games," he was quoted on SapoDesporto.

Meanwhile, Sweden's U-21 coach Hakan Ericson has contacted six to seven over-aged players that he wants to keep places for and
one of them includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He also confirmed that his team will play a friendly match in Brazil before taking on Japan, Colombia and Nigeria in the group stage at the Olympics.

"I think all coaches and all teams in the world would like to have him (Zlatan). So we would also," Ericson told Aftonbladet.se.

"We have had good talks, Zlatan and I; and he has a good attitude. There have been constructive discussions.

"There will be a friendly match in Brazil. I'm happy for. I dare not say than what we're going to meet, so that everything is not official."

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