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Tuesday, 13 June, 2000, 17:12 GMT 18:12 UK
More bad luck for Nilsson
Sweden changes
Sweden must shuffle their pack for the Turkey game
Sweden have a defensive dilemma ahead of Thursday's game with Turkey.

Already without Bayern Muich's Patrik Andersson, banned after being sent off against Belgium, it had appeared that Roland Nilsson had made a rapid recovery from injury.

Nilsson was expected to miss out having suffered concussion during the 2-1 defeat by Belgium. However he returned to training on Tuesday only to then twist an ankle.

Sweden spokesman Goran Havik said: "He (Nilsson) is definitely out of the game against Turkey, but he could be ready to come back for the last group game against Italy."

Arsenal's Fredrik Ljungberg was also nursing an ankle injury after training on Tuesday but doesn't expect it to disrupt his involvement in the tournament.

"I just need to look after it carefully," said Ljungberg. "Really, it needs a rest, but I can't allow that until the tournament is over."

But Swedish coach Tommy Soderberg is not panicking, insisting it will be business as usual.

Difficult decision

"We need to make at least two changes, maybe three," he said. "But I am not planning to change the system of play. It is easier for players to come into an established system."

Henrik Larsson could come into the reckoning now he has fully recovered from the broken leg which wrecked his Scottish Premier League season.

"I don't pick the team," Larsson said. "But I want to play. We need to win and we need to attack. I believe it is a good game for me. But I don't know if they will select me or not.

But Soderberg, who won't reveal his side until much nearer kick-off, has hinted the Celtic striker will remain on the bench.


Henrik Larsson
Will Larsson get his chance?
"He played a few times right at the end of the season in Scotland, but not really enough," said Soderberg.

"This is something different and it is a difficult decision with him."

Soderberg added that the mood in the Swedish camp remained high despite their defeat by Belgium.

But joint coach Laars Lagerback warned that they were not underestimating Turkey, who lost 2-1 to Italy in controversial circumstances.

"They showed in the second half they are just as good as Italy, if not better," said Lagerback.

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