Sudden death

Rosenberg injured

STENUNGSUND: Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg hurt his knee during a practice session with the national squad. The Werder Bremen player was examined by team doctors on Saturday but a magnetic scan did not reveal any serious problems. “Nice that it wasn’t ligament damage or something like that,” Rosenberg said. It was not immediately clear whether he would play in Monday’s friendly against Slovenia, following a four-day Euro 2008 warmup camp in Stenungsund. — AP

Borowski doubtful

PALMA DE MALLORCA: Defender Arne Friedrich, midfielder Tim Borowski and rookie goalkeeper Rene Adler are questionable for Germany’s European Championship warm-up game against Belarus on Tuesday. Borowski has been ailing with the flu and has missed practice sessions since he arrived here for the training camp. Friedrich has a stomach problem and Adler is nursing a bruised hip. Adler was able to do some fitness exercises on Sunday but did not take part in the full practice session. — AP

Coman to be dropped

BUCHAREST: Goalkeeper Danut Coman will be dropped from Romania’s Euro 2008 squad after he broke his finger during pre-tournament training, he said on Saturday. “To say it’s bad luck is an understatement,” he said. He was seen driving a car with his left hand bandaged. The injury occurred during a training session at the team’s Mogosoia base north of Bucharest. Coman was No 2 goalkeeper behind Bogdan Lobont. — AP

Hagi hopeful

BUCHAREST: Romania, drawn in the so-called group of death with Italy, France and the Netherlands, can put aside their underdog status and punch above their weight at Euro 2008. That’s the verdict of former Romania great Gheorghe Hagi, known in his playing days as the “Maradona of the Carpathians”. “I don’t think a (rival) coach can say he fears us, especially when we’re talking about Italy, France and the Dutch. “But we can be the surprise of the competition, like Greece (winners in 2004),” the Hagi said. — AFP

Gonul ruled out

GENEVA: Turkey right-back Gokhan Gonul has been removed from their provisional Euro 2008 squad due to a bruised second-metatarsal bone in his right foot. Turkey coach Fatih Terim announced the decision together with national team doctors Bulent Bayraktar and Cengiz Dinç. “Scans have showed that Gokhan should be rested for at least four weeks without participating in any training sessions,” said Terim. “We did our best to keep him in our squad but our players’ health is more important in any case. Therefore, we were forced to remove him from our squad.” — Agencies