injury problems

Mellberg to miss Euro-qualifiers

Swedish defender Olof Mellberg is to miss the national side's vital next two matches, due to a knee injury.

Mellberg's name was missing from the side picked to play Hungary in a European Championship qualifier on the 2nd September, he will also miss the qualifier against San Marino four days later.

The Hungary match could be a make-or-break game for the Swedish side's hopes of qualifying for the European Championships next year, if Sweden win they will make the play-offs to qualify for the championships, and could also be in the running to win a direct qualification place, by being the best second placed team in their group in the qualification stage.

Mellberg hurt his knee in a friendly between his club side Olympiakos and Inter Milan last Sunday.