Sweden’s Ekdal injured after Hamburg nightclub visit


Berlin (AFP) – Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal will miss Hamburg’s final game of the season this weekend after suffering a “laceration” in an incident at a nightclub, which his father describes as ‘serious’.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder had to be treated in hospital after receiving the injury last Saturday night.

He will sit out Hamburg’s final league game of the season at Augsburg this Saturday.

On Monday, Hamburg did not release any specific details of the injury, but his father, Lennart Ekdal, says his son fell on a glass table and cut his back.

“Clearly it’s serious, since he’s in hospital. I understand this is no small cut, but a big gash,” he told Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

An ankle injury in October meant Ekdal has been restricted to just 14 league appearances this season for Hamburg, but he is set to be named in the provisional Sweden squad for Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

Ekdal, who has won 21 caps since making his debut in 2011, will be competing with Malmo’s Oscar Lewicki or Olympiakos’ Jimmy Durmaz for a midfield place in the Sweden team in France.

Erik Hamren’s Sweden play Slovenia in Malmo on May 30 and Wales in Solna on June 5 in their final warm-up games before taking on Republic of Ireland at Paris’ Stade de France in their first European championship match on June 13.

The Swedes also face Belgium and Italy in Group E.

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