Rangers star Filip Helander was snubbed for a Euro 2020 clash between Sweden and Spain on Monday night despite finally being passed fit to return to action.
Helander was a key part of the Gers’ title win and European charge last season, making 31 appearances, scoring three goals and contributing to a plethora of clean sheets.
He had also been playing a significant role for Sweden, turning out in back-to-back World Cup qualifying victories over Georgia and Kosovo in March.
Injury has disrupted his build-up to Euro 2020, though, and it’s ultimately cost him his place in the side.
The 6ft 4″ colossus missed the final three Premiership matches of the season after limping out of the Gers’ Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat to St Johnstone in April and he didn’t make the squad for either of Sweden’s warm-up matches against Finland and Armenia.
Helander returned to the fold for Monday night’s Group E clash with Spain in Seville after being passed fit, but Marcus Danielson got the nod beside Victor Lindelof and the Gers star was an unused substitute.
His chances of making it back into the starting XI for the fixture against Slovakia in St Petersburg on Friday look slim now too, as Danielson played his part in a heroic defensive effort at La Cartuja, with the game finishing 0-0.
Rangers fans will be hoping that the big centre-back gets a chance to feature at some stage in the major tournament but only if he can get through unscathed ahead of the club’s crucial Champions League qualifiers.