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Star striker is struggling with an ankle problem and could miss out his side’s European Championship qualifier this week

Sweden international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could miss his team’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Moldova on Friday because of an ankle injury.

The 29-year-old sustained the problem during AC Milan’s goalless draw with Roma in Serie A earlier this month. Ibrahimovic trained separately from his Swedish team-mates on Tuesday and had his left ankle heavily strapped.

The player himself confirmed the doubts during a news conference and is quoted as saying by Reuters: "As it is today, I can't play.

"If I could, I would have trained with the rest of the team and gone flat out. But as it is today I wouldn't have risked it.”

Sweden coach Erik Hamren admitted that the former Inter and Juventus forward’s injury was hampering his team’s preparations, and said: "It affects us in a pretty big way, whether he's playing or not.

“He has a special manner, which the other players have to accept and adapt to.”

Sweden are currently second in Group E with nine points from four matches, nine behind leaders, the Netherlands, who have played two more games.

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