At the start of Sweden's victory match against Egypt, team captain Jim Gottfridsson stuck his left hand in an opponent's shirt and left the field grimacing.

He watched the rest of the game from the sidelines with his hand wrapped.

Hand fracture

After the match, Gottfridsson was x-rayed and it was found that he had suffered a fracture in his hand.

Jim Gottfridsson is one of the world's best handball players and that he now misses the rest of the tournament means a heavy interruption for Sweden.

Now two months await without a game for the big star.

- I suffer an awful lot with Jim, who has prepared and done everything he could to come as prepared as possible, says national team captain Glenn Solberg in a statement on the national handball team's website.

Meet France

- He has had a very good tournament so far so it is clear that it is difficult for us, but we have a very strong squad that will do everything to win the semi-final.

In the semi-final on Friday, Sweden faces France in Stockholm.

In the second match, Denmark and Spain meet in Gdansk.

CLIP: In the quarter-finals, goalkeeper Andreas Palicka played great, who is highly praised by teammate Niklas Ekberg

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