Sweden’s Ekdal injured after Hamburg nightclub visit


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, his club confirmed on Monday.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder had to be treated in hospital after receiving the injury last Saturday night and will sit out Hamburg’s final league game of the season at Augsburg this Saturday. The club did not specify where Ekdal was cut.

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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