Sweden's Olsson improving after suffering blood clots in brain

Sweden midfielder Kristoffer Olsson has regained motor function and verbal abilities after being diagnosed with multiple small blood clots on both sides of his brain last month, the player's club Midtjylland said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old was making progress at Hammel Neurocenter in Denmark as he underwent rehabilitation for a rare inflammatory condition affecting his brain vessels, the club said.

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"His physical progress is significant and he is now actively training his walking function and is able to eat independently," Midtjylland said in a statement.

"Although cognitive challenges remain and the prognosis for his full recovery remains uncertain, the specialists at the treatment centre are encouraged by the positive steps Kristoffer has taken."

The club's manager Claus Steinlein said: "It is breathtaking to witness Kristoffer's fight against the disease. His positive attitude, fighting spirit and tireless will to win are an inspiration to us all."

Olsson, who has 47 caps for Sweden, started his senior career at Arsenal and has also played for Swedish side AIK and Belgium's Anderlecht.