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Sweden's Olsson improving after suffering blood clots in brain

Sweden's Olsson improving after suffering blood clots in brain

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He has represented his country in 47 internationals

  • The midfielder currently plays for Danish side Midtjylland in club football
  • Previous associations include Arsenal, AIK and Anderlecht
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – 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.

"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.

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

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.