Injured Elin Rubensson a doubt for Sweden's Olympic qualifying
The 22-year-old could miss the crucial qualifying process for her country with a thigh strain. (Photo: Damallsvenskan)

Elin Rubensson could miss Sweden's Olympic qualifiers through injury, having picked up a thigh strain in training with the national team this week.

Rubensson started all four of her country's games at last summer's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and has quickly established herself in the team, with 22 caps at the age of 22.

However, with her to be sidelined for around four weeks with this injury, there is concern that she could miss the round-robin tournament that will decide which European nation heads to Rio this summer - along with France and Germany.

Sweden face Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the qualifying campaign, which will run from 2 March and 9 March. 

Overload injury?

Speaking via Expressen, Lasse Svensson, Sporting Director of Rubensson's club Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, stated that he believes that the player is suffering from "an overload injury," having trained "all week."

Rubensson will hope her injury doesn't affect the start of her domestic season with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in April. | Photo: Expressen
Rubensson will hope her injury doesn't affect the start of her domestic season with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in April. | Photo: Expressen

It was yesterday that the full-back picked up the problem as Sweden prepare for Tuesday's friendly with Scotland - a game she will now miss. Svensson says that the club, and the national team, are now looking into "the damage" to see "how it has arisen."

Terrible timing

Not only does the injury occur at a bad time for Rubensson in terms of her national team involvement, but also in terms of her club involvement too.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC will soon be in full swing for preparation for the new Damallsvenskan campaign, with it to get underway in the first half of April as the team look to build on last year's mid-table finish.

Therefore, Rubensson will hope that this small set-back does not affect her fitness heading into the new season, whilst wishing that her country can make it through qualifying without her if she can't return from injury in time to help them herself.

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