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Monday, 25 February, 2002, 11:32 GMT
Mild plays through pain
Wimbldeon's Hakan Mild celebrates after scoring against England for Sweden in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford
Mild is a key figure in the Swedish international team
Wimbledon's Sweish midfielder Hakan Mild is to take regular cortisone injections to help his groin injury so he can play in the World Cup.

The 30-year-old Mild sustained the groin injury in December after playing just four games for Wimbledon, who had signed him from IFK Gothenburg.

I am not giving up the World Cup
Wimbledon's Hakan Mild

He returned to the pitch on Tuesday against Watford and played during the whole of the game.

On Sunday he had to be replaced in Sunday's game against Millwall because the groin injury once again bothered him.

"I count on taking regular shots up until the World Cup," he told Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper.

"It will be around one shot every fourth week.

"The alternative is an operation with a long rehabilitation, but there's not enough time for that."

"I am not giving up the World Cup."

Mild has won 74 for Sweden, who are drawn in the "group of death" in the World Cup this summer, alongside England, Argentina and Nigeria.

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