Henrik Larsson has crushed his son’s dreams of playing in the Olympics with Sweden this summer.
The former Celtic star, who is now in charge of Helsingborg, has prevented his son Jordan from playing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil because of a shortage of strikers at his disposal.
Helsingborg forward Jordan was called up for the national team and admitted it was a “dream he wanted to fulfil” but it won’t be happening this time around.
“The reason is that we have only two strikers available in the current situation, one of which is on two bookings,” Henrik Larsson is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“We do not know when Linus Hallenius is coming back either. The most important thing is Helsingborg. I understand Jordan’s situation and what he misses.
“Unfortunately, it’s part of football. It is sad for him because obviously it would have been a good experience. Unfortunately it does not work with the situation we have right now. I have had good dialogue with [Sweden U21 coach] Hakan Ericson.”
Sweden’s football calendar runs from April to November, meaning most clubs won’t allow their players to play in the tournament and Jordan, who’s scored eight goals in 17 games this season, is downhearted that he can’t go.
“It is clear that it is disappointing,” Jordan Larsson said. “It is a dream that I had wanted to fulfil.
“At the same time, I am HIF and, as it looks now, it would not have been good if I had gone. I have full understanding for the decision.”