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Mystery surrounds Man United star Victor Lindelof leaving Sweden squad before World Cup qualifier with Estonia


VICTOR LINDELOF has left Sweden’s squad early and returned to Manchester for ‘personal reasons’.

The Man Utd defender, 26, left his national side on Monday night ahead of their friendly against Estonia on Wednesday.

Victor Lindelof has left the Sweden team for 'personal reasons'

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Victor Lindelof has left the Sweden team for ‘personal reasons’Credit: Getty

Lindelof played 90 minutes in Sweden’s 3-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday.

And he also started the 1-0 victory against Georgia last Thursday.

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But Sweden assistant manager Peter Wettergren confirmed the defender has left the team.

He said on Monday: “Lindelof will leave us tonight for private, personal reasons.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return to international duty with an assist in the win over Georgia.

And he was at it again on Sunday with an outrageous back heel to set up a goal.

The Man Utd defender in action for Sweden during Sunday's win over Kosovo

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The Man Utd defender in action for Sweden during Sunday’s win over KosovoCredit: AFP

Lindelof, meanwhile, has been nursing a back injury this season that’s forced him to miss games, and reports in Sweden have claimed that may be linked to his early exit from the national camp.

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He said earlier this month: “Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games.

“Yeah I’ve been struggling a bit with my back. I’ve been having it for the last couple of months.

“I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way… I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.

“I have been having these issues for the last couple of months but I’m still out there because I want to be playing, to help my team win games.

“If I’m sore for a few days after it or in a bit of discomfort, that’s not a problem if the team wins.”

Man Utd face Brighton next on Sunday before a Europa League quarter-final trip to Granada.

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