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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Wimbledon midfielder Hakan Mild will miss the World Cup because of an injured tendon, Swedish team officials said Wednesday.

Mild, a veteran from Sweden's bronze winning World Cup squad in 1994, was injured during a skirmish Tuesday at the national team's World Cup training camp in Stockholm.

The injury could take up to six weeks to heal, team doctor Magnus Forssblad said.

``I've struggled hard to get here, so of course I'm very disappointed and sad. Now I'll go home and take it easy instead, watch the World Cup on television,'' Mild said.

Mild, 30, will be replaced by 21-year-old Pontus Farnerud of Monaco, who would join the squad immediately, coaching duo Lars Lagerback and Tommy Soderberg said.

The coaches are expected to decide Friday on whether to replace backup goalkeeper Magnus Kihlstedt and defender Tomas Antonelius, who sustained thigh injuries last weekend.

Sweden will play Paraguay, also a World Cup qualifier, in a friendly on Friday in Stockholm before leaving for Japan two days later.

The Swedes face England in their World Cup opener in Saitama on June 2. Argentina and Nigeria are the other teams in the ``Group of Death.''

Although the Swedes are considered the underdogs of the group, they won their only meetings with Argentina and Nigeria and haven't lost a game to England in 33 years.