Denmark’s much publicised injury crisis may not be as bad as previously thought…
In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, national team manager Åge Hareide has confirmed that several key players should be available for selection against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday for the crunch World Cup playoff first leg, as reported by Danish newspaper BT.
According to Hareide, team captain Simon Kjaer will return to the Danish line up to lead his team out at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.
Kjaer suffered an injury at the weekend whilst playing for Seville and had to be withdrawn and was expected to miss the clash with Ireland as a result. However it now appears that the issue is not overly severe and he will be available for selection.
Denmark’s chances of qualifying for their first World Cup since South Africa 2010 were further improved by news that Nicolai Jørgensen, Andreas Bjelland and Andreas Cornelius have also managed an unlikely return to fitness in advance of their meeting with Ireland.
Jørgensen, who plays in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord, broke his wrist yesterday while playing against Den Haag and was also expected to be unavailable. Age Hareide however believes the Feyenoord striker will be able to take part:
“We must see how it evolves, but regardless, I think he can play, maybe with a cast. I think we can make him able to play. He is back on the training course Wednesday. “
Andreas Bjelland of Brentford has also been cleared to play and is a first choice defender for the Danes.
Meanwhile Ireland have injury problems of their own with Jeff Hendrick sitting out training again today and concerns over Stephen Ward as well. Sean Maguire has been ruled out of both legs with a hamstring injury.