Ibrahimovic skips MLS All-Stars match against Juventus

Serie A champion Juventus will not have to face former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the MLS All-Stars match.

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.   -  Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has withdrawn from a meeting against former club Juventus in the MLS All-Stars match.

The LA Galaxy star was set to top the bill against the Serie A champion at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. However, the former Sweden striker has pulled out of Wednesday's match due to Galaxy's recent busy schedule.

"I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs," said Ibrahimovic, who played for the Bianconeri between 2004 and 2006, adding, "I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the play-offs."

Due to MLS rules, Ibrahimovic will have to sit out Galaxy's next fixture, away to Colorado Rapids on Saturday, after skipping the All-Stars clash.

Ibrahimovic hit his first MLS hat-trick as Galaxy came from behind to beat Orlando City 4-3 on Sunday, taking his tally for the club to 15 goals in 17 league appearances.

Atlanta United coach Gerardo Martino will be managing the MLS All-Stars squad, which includes players like David Villa, Carlos Vela and Sebastian Giovinco.

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