Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been reinstated to the Sweden national team for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan, despite making just three appearances this season.
The 41-year-old has had an injury-hit campaign after recovering from knee surgery last May.
The AC Milan forward has been sidelined for much of the season because of a knee injury.
According to the Athletic, the veteran striker is set to return to the national team for their fixtures this month, where he could make his first international appearance since featuring in the 2-0 defeat to Poland in March last year.
He quit international football after Euro 2016 but returned in 2021 for their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.
Boss Janne Andersson said he doesn’t see Ibrahimovic “as a starter” but that it will offer his side more “substitution possibilities”.
“Zlatan and I have kept in touch throughout this period during his injury,” the Sweden coach noted.
“Now he feels good to contribute on the field. His personality and his experience can also contribute a lot to the squad. He is unique”, he added.
Ibrahimovic, who has made three appearances from the bench for AC Milan this season, last featured for his country against Poland in their World Cup qualification play-off loss in 2022.
The former Manchester United and Paris St-Germain striker is Sweden’s all-time top scorer, with 62 goals in 121 matches.