Dejan Kulusevski back for Sweden after positive COVID test

Dejan Kulusevski back for Sweden after positive COVID test

Sweden duo Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg have returned to the Sweden squad after periods of self-isolation following positive COVID-19 tests.

The Blågult take on Group E favourites Spain in Seville on Monday night to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign.

They will be strengthened by the returns of Kulusevski and Svanberg, who have been allowed to re-enter the Swedish national team bubble having now returned negative tests.

Team doctor Anders Valentin had insisted that the pair would only return to the team once it was completely safe, and in turn allow Sweden to release the six players who were on the standby list in case they needed replacing for the tournament.

“We have had daily contact with both Dejan and Mattias and both are fine,” Valentin said, via The Athletic.

90min is following Kulusevski's progress for Sweden at Euro 2020

“We have of course followed the restrictions that apply in Sweden and feel completely confident that the boys will return to us in the squad as soon as they are guaranteed infection-free.”

Kulusevski, part of 90min’s Our 21, has already emerged as one of Sweden’s best players.

The 21-year-old completed a move to Serie A giants Juventus last year, and made 47 appearances in all competitions for I Bianconeri in his debut season, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists.

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Kulusevski has already thrived in big games in his career so far / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

He was Juve’s fourth highest-scorer after Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa in a season where the club failed to win the Serie A title for the first time in a decade.

Kulusevski scored and assisted in Juventus‘ Coppa Italia final triumph against Atalanta, showing already his ability to perform on big occasions.

Sweden will need him fit and firing if they’re to make it out of Group E. After playing Spain on Monday, they face Slovakia on 18 June before rounding off the group against Poland on 23 June.

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