A bug is sweeping through the Sweden camp, but head coach Janne Andersson is not too concerned as his team stand on the cusp of something momentous against under-fire World Cup holders Germany.
Sweden arrived in Sochi on Friday without three players due to a stomach bug after Andersson confirmed the absence of defenders Pontus Jansson, Filip Helander and midfielder Marcus Rohden.
Manchester United's Victor Lindelof also missed the 1-0 Group F victory over South Korea through illness though he is expected to be fit for Saturday's showdown, which could see Sweden qualify for the next round and Germany eliminated.
Andersson opened his news conference by reading a statement, telling reporters: "We have four players who won't be training today. [Forward] Isaac Kiese Thelin strained his ankle slightly. He's not ready to train.
"We have three players who felt unwell to the stomach last night. So for security reasons we decided to split the trip and not bring them on board because we haven't identified why they felt sick. We expect them to arrive tomorrow instead."
"You can't be annoyed with poor people who have stomach pains. It just happens," Andersson added. "Lindelof, we handled it in an excelled way. Sometimes people fall injured too. I'm not annoyed. I would've preferred everyone 100 per cent."
#SWE head coach Janne Andersson confirmed three players didn’t make the flight to Sochi due to stomach bug.— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) June 22, 2018
Jansson, Helander and Rohden were left behind but are set to arrive soon.
Lindelof missed last week’s win through illness too.#GERSWE #WorldCup @OmnisportNews pic.twitter.com/l7xgQ4zrVc
Sweden – who have not reached the round of 16 since 2006 – are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout phase – and a win would condemn Germany to a remarkable premature exit from the showpiece tournament.
"This is really what you spend entire life towards," Andersson said. "Not enjoying it because it's a tough job. We're going to make the most of it.
"Extraordinary to be involved in this and a match of this magnitude. Whether we knock them out is one thing, but we can qualify on our own which is quite extraordinary."
Andreas Granqvist, who scored the VAR-inspired penalty to sink South Korea 1-0, joined Andersson on the podium and basked in the scenario facing Sweden.
While acknowledging Germany's superiority, on paper anyway, the veteran centre-back said: "It's quite amazing. Germany were the big favourites ahead of the World Cup and we would be able to beat them so they wouldn't qualify for the next stage not many people would've imagined that."
"They've played a lot of Champions League matches and World Cup finals etc but we have played together for a two-year period," Granqvist continued.
"We've seen excelled results against better ranked teams. We're well abled to win these matches. They have a better team on paper but we will do our best to get a good result."
|Mitchell returns to England as defence coach|
|Brady completes Cornet upset in Guangzhou|
|Lopetegui giving no guarantees to ´fighter´ Navas|
|Di Francesco denies racially abusing Costa|
|Saunders apologises for ´sickening´ online video|
|Tianjin Quanjian 0 Kashima Antlers 3 (0-5 agg): Semi-final spot booked in resounding fashion|
|Madrid cannot live on Ronaldo´s glories, warns Ramos|
|Real Madrid are Champions League favourites, insists Man City coach Arteta|
|Stokes & Hales charged with bringing game into disrepute|
|Stephens slips to Vekic defeat in Tokyo|
|Simeone should teach Griezmann values - Ramos questions Ballon d´Or ambition|
|Arteta ready to step into Guardiola´s shoes after missing out on Arsenal job|
|Naive or scheming - Ozil´s agent slams Kroos, Neuer and Muller|
|Bolton´s Darby forced to retire after Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis|
|Root vows dressing support for Moeen over Ashes abuse claims|
|Madrid more dangerous without Ronaldo - Dani Alves|
|Federer fires ominous Djokovic warning to rivals|
|Arsenal confirm Gazidis departure to Milan|
|Man´s best friend? D´Arcy Short ruled out by dog bite|
|Salah has strong bond with ´friend´ Klopp|
|Mistakes were made in Serena´s US Open row - Federer|
|Burgess wants ´truth to come out´ over lewd video allegations|
|Injury brings premature end to Sharapova´s season|
|The next one´s mine - Griezmann underlines Champions League desire|
|A novice coach and a solar-powered stadium – who are Champions League debutants Young Boys?|
|Free-scoring Liverpool and PSG do battle, Kane eyes elite club - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Braves fall to Cardinals, still move closer to clinching NL East|
|Mack leads Bears past Seahawks|
|Maradona makes winning start in Mexico|
|Barcelona captaincy has changed Messi, says Bartomeu|
|Lithuania qualify for FIBA World Cup after double-overtime win|
|Yelich makes history with another cycle|
|Silva: PSG, Liverpool have world´s two best attacks|
|It´s like a cow seeing a train – Pochettino uses unusual analogy to talk experience|
|Brady discusses Patriots´ trade for Gordon|
|Bills coach McDermott hasn´t spoken to Davis, says he ´didn´t feel a need´|
|Coutinho can´t explain Barcelona´s Champions League struggles|
|Henderson: Run to final can inspire Liverpool in Champions League|
|Eriksen: Everyone expects Kane to score a hat-trick every game|
|Gruden doesn´t regret decision to trade Mack|
|West Ham confirm Wilshere ankle surgery|
|Hughton hails Murray´s cool head as Brighton fight back again|
|It´s not good enough - Hojbjerg blasts Southampton|
|Patriots sign Josh Gordon from Browns|
|Southampton 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 2: Murray denies Saints after Hojbjerg howitzer|
|Wawrinka ready for Khachanov after battling past Bedene|
|Lozano: Joining Barcelona would be a dream|
|Players can fight for Messi´s shirt if they win, says Van Bommel|
|Kaymer tips Europe for Ryder Cup glory|
|Neymar to face Liverpool, confirms PSG´s Tuchel|
|Jardim backs Ronaldo to beat Griezmann in Ballon d´Or battle|
|Atletico will grow through hard work, says Simeone|
|Sorry Sri Lanka crash out of Asia Cup|
|Pochettino has no concerns over ´easy target´ Kane|
|Valverde expects PSV to attack|
|Salah ´sure´ Liverpool can win Champions League|
|Firmino misses training ahead of PSG clash|
|Joe Calzaghe´s father and trainer Enzo passes away|
|Coutinho: I have to improve a lot to earn Iniesta comparisons|
|Pochettino explains Trippier & Alderweireld absences for Inter clash|
|The quickest to 50 Premier League goals as Silva reaches milestone|
|Lampard: Derby can´t afford to sign Terry|
|Carson Wentz injury update: Eagles QB cleared to play Week 3 vs Colts|
|Verratti ban a blow for PSG - Henderson|
|Spalletti wants to have fun in ´Disneyland of football´|
|Alli, Lloris and Sissoko miss Inter-Tottenham in Champions League|
|West Ham´s Perez refutes suggestion he refused to warm up against Everton|
|Canelo-GGG drama lives up to the greats and demands third act|
|Hamilton genius triumphs over Ferrari desperation in Singapore|
|Klopp: ´Smart´ Neymar does not act|