Knee injury rules Norwich City defender Martin Olsson out of Sweden’s Euro2016 qualifier

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson has not joined up with the Swedish squad to get treatment on a k

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson has not joined up with the Swedish squad to get treatment on a knee injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson has pulled out of the Sweden squad with a knee injury.

The 26-year-old played the full game in Saturday's 2-1 Championship defeat at Nottingham Forest, but stayed behind in England to get further treatment on a knee problem.

City's medical staff at Colney will now assess the extent of Olsson's injury ahead of Brighton's Championship visit to Carrow Road on November 22.

Olsson was included in Erik Hamren's original party for Saturday's Euro2016 Championship qualifier in Montenegro and next week's friendly against France, but Borussia Mönchengladbach's highly-rated Oscar Wendt has now replaced the City full-back in the national squad.

The Swedish FA confirmed Olsson's withdrawal with Swedish daily paper Expressen indicating Olsson pulled out on Saturday evening prior to joining up with Hamren's squad following the City Ground defeat.


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Neil Adams is already without longer term injury absentees Wes Hoolahan (ankle) and Vadis Ofoe (knee), along with Luciano Becchio (heel), but central defender Ryan Bennett is targeting a first team return following the international break after early-season ankle surgery.

Olsson had a shoulder problem for the second part of the Canaries' Premier League relegation campaign but Adams confirmed during the close-season the defender did not require summer surgery.

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The Swede picked up a red card in the club's Championship opener at Wolves and was then hit with a longer suspension for his reaction towards the match official at Molineux in the aftermath of his dismissal. Olsson also missed the 1-1 league draw against Bournemouth due a family bereavement but the left-back has been an ever-present for Adams during recent months.

The attacking full-back has also been a key part of Sweden's early qualifiers after missing two summer friendlies to rest his shoulder problem. The Swedes are currently third in group G on five points, two points behind leaders Austria, after one win and two draws.

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