Emil Krafth's international absence explained ahead of Newcastle United's visit to Old Trafford

Emil Krafth’s absence from Sweden squad has been explained.

The Newcastle United defender played in last week’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Spain.

However, Krafth was not involved in the weekend’s friendly against Uzbekistan.

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And Sweden coach Janne Andersson revealed yesterday that the 27-year-old had been allowed to leave the training camp to be with his partner, who’s expecting their second child.

Sweden's Emil Krafth, centre, playing against Spain last week.

Krafth rejoined his team-mates ahead of Sweden’s qualifier against Greece in Athens tonight. Newcastle play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.