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Zlatan rules out taking painkillers to play against Russia

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Zlatan rules out taking painkillers to play against Russia

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Sweden’s captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fast returning to fitness but his place in the starting line-up for Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia remains in doubt.

The striker says he does not want to have to take painkillers as he did when he injured his heel in a Ligue 1 match against Lyon last month; an experience he describes as “horrible.”

“For the moment I’m injured, I mean I’m on my way back, doing recovery. For the moment it feels good and it’s going in the right way and today I did a harder training than yesterday. It feels much better,” said Ibrahimovic at a press conference.

Zlatan’s heel injury has kept him out of PSG’s last three games and Sweden coach Erik Hamren says he’ll face a late fitness test to determine whether he can feature against Russia or Lichtenstein on Sunday.