Victor Lindelof pulls out of Sweden squad with injury

Erik ten Hag made clear on the day he was unveiled that Manchester United’s players will be returning for pre-season on June 27.

However, not all of them will be able to, due to the extended international break. Several of Manchester United’s players will only be able to rejoin in July, with statutory rest requirements in place.

This is why Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw’s snub from the recent England snub was good news for them, as they can make the June 27 return and try to impress Erik ten Hag right away.

Now Ten Hag has one extra player available too, fitness permitting, after Victor Lindelof pulled out of the Sweden squad.

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Lindelof pulls out of Sweden squad

Lindelof pulled out of the Sweden squad with an injury, his international manager Janne Andersson confirmed to Fotboll Skanalen.

Andersson said: “Victor has rescinded due to recurring damage problems. He needs to heal in a good way.

“Victor is our team captain. He has been a very important player throughout my years. He has never disappointed me. So it’s a big blow. At the same time, it is as it is.”

Lindelof will return to Manchester United to get fit, and try to fight for his career. The centre-back has been at United since 2017, and so far, he has failed to show he is part of the solution for the team long term.

United are being linked to numerous centre-backs including Jurrien Timber, Lisandro Martinez, Pau Torres and Alessandro Bastoni.

Lindelof will face a battle for his place and will want to impress Erik ten Hag, if the new manager is happy for him to stay at all.

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One player remaining in the Sweden squad is Manchester United teammate Anthony Elanga, who was called up alongside Lindelof.

He will be looking to score his first international goal in upcoming fixtures against Slovenia, Serbia, and Norway, with Sweden looking to rebuild after failing to qualify for the World Cup.

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