Sweden select Antonsson despite hand injury

STOCKHOLM - Sweden defender Mikael Antonsson is set to play in next week's Euro 2012 home qualifier against Moldova despite breaking a bone in his hand on Sunday.

Antonsson suffered the injury playing for club side FC Copenhagen in their derby with Brondby.

"The x-ray on Monday morning showed a little break in a bone in the hand. I'll go to Malmo on Tuesday to try out a special protector - with that, I should be able to train as normal and be available to play," Antonsson told the Swedish FA's website.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren is already missing first-choice centre backs Olof Mellberg (suspended) and Daniel Majstorovic (injured),

Sweden, who failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, are third in Group E on six points, behind the Netherlands (12) and Hungary (9), with the Swedes having a game less played.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen)

Defenders: Mikael Almeback (Orebro SK), Mikael Antonsson (FC Copenhagen), Andreas Granqvist (Groningen), Mikael Lustig (Rosenborg), Oscar Wendt (FC Copenhagen), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion)

Midfielders: Emir Bajrami (FC Twente), Rasmus Elm (AZ Alkmaar), Pontus Wernbloom (AZ Alkmaar), Martin Olsson (Blackburn Rovers), Kim Kallstrom (Olympique Lyon), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al Hilal), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City)

Forwards: Johan Elmander (Bolton Wanderers), Alexander Gerndt (Helsingborgs IF), Marcus Berg (PSV Eindhoven), Markus Rosenberg (Racing Santander), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan)


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