Henrik Stenson has played down fears his elbow injury will prevent him from starring at this week’s Ryder Cup (Europe 6/5, tie 11/1, USA 10/1 – Outright).

The Swede is a veteran of four previous editions of the biennial event but had to rely on a wildcard from captain Thomas Bjorn.

Stenson (12/1 – Top European Player) has battled a long-standing elbow issue throughout the summer and concerns were further raised when he withdrew from The Northern Trust.

Failing to qualify for the Tour Championship gave him a week off to recover and he will head to Le Golf National fresh.

With no worldwide wins in 2018, Stenson’s form is a worry but his win-loss-tie record of 7-7-2 shows he can handle the unique pressure that comes with playing at the Ryder Cup.

Stenson (8/11 – Top Swede) admits his elbow issue has been a source of frustration, especially when it comes to his fitness regime.

However, the 42-year-old is adamant it will not hold him back once he tees it up on Friday morning.

The 2016 Open champion said: “It’s been dragging on a bit but for the most part I’ve been fit enough to play competitive golf. It’s been probably more a hindrance in the gym and not being able to do certain things and having to watch that a bit.

“But we hope that it’s going to be completely gone there in a while. We’re just managing it and it doesn’t really affect my golfing capabilities at this point. So it’s just something we hope we can leave behind us shortly.”

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