Surgery for Ljungberg
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg underwent a minor operation last week.Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has revealed he underwent a minor operation last week.
Ljungberg picked up a toe injury while representing Sweden in last Wednesday's friendly against Holland and required a small piece of surgery.
The operation did not prevent the attack-minded midfielder from starting for Arsenal against Middlesbrough on Sunday and he played for an hour before being replaced by Robert Pires.
He admits there are no further concerns about the toe problem and Ljungberg concedes it is becoming commonplace for him to play with minor knocks and niggles.
"I got a blow during the match against Holland," Ljungberg told Expressen.
"There was a lot of blood, the doctor had to cut a piece of the toe.
"But there are no worries. I am getting used to playing injured."
Ljungberg has been included in Sweden's next squad for the September World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Croatia.
He is part of a 22-man squad along with Henrik Larsson, who returns after missing the Holland friendly, while Halmstads defender Tommy Jonsson is a surprise name in the party.
Eddie Gustafsson (Molde), Magnus Hedman (Celtic), Andreas Isaksson (Rennes); Mikael Dorsin (Rosenborg), Erik Edman (Tottenham), Petter Hansson (Heerenveen), Tommy Jonsson (Halmstads), Teddy Lucic (Bayer Leverkusen), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Alexander Ostlund (Hammarby); Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Gothenburg), Anders Andersson (Belenenses), Kim Kallstrom (Rennes), Tobias Linderoth (FC Copenhagen), Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal), Mikael Nilsson, Anders Svensson (Southampton), Christian Wilhelmsson (Anderlecht); Marcus Allback (Aston Villa), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax), Mattias Jonson (Norwich), Henrik Larsson (Barcelona).