There has been a lot of doubt surrounding the participation of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen in the upcoming friendly match for Denmark. As one of the important players for the Danish national team, Eriksen will be huge presence for the friendly against England on Wednesday. However, he has been suffering from injury troubles in the last few weeks, which have prevented him from appearing for his club. He is expected to be back in the next few days, which have increased the possibility of Eriksen featuring for the national team in this high profile friendly.
Eriksen is at the stage where he requires a fitness test in order to decide his participation. Manager Morten Olsen has confirmed that he will not use the player unless the tests say that he has recovered 100% from his injury problems. His statements come after Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood expressed his concern that his player may be used too soon in a meaningless friendly match. This is one of the final friendlies for Olsen to test his players ahead of the World Cup 2014. The 22-year-old has been a key player for the national team for several years now.
In his absence, even Tottenham have struggled to bring out the creativity necessary to win matches.
“If Eriksen can play, we will use him but he would have to be 100 per-cent. When he is only 99 per-cent, he will not play. He’s a young player who has never had such an injury before, so it’s a difficult one to call. We have to wait and see, I think it’s always a game against time, probably he can play on Saturday for Tottenham. I don’t think he can play, we’ll wait and see, but I can only say to Tottenham that I will not risk him,” said Olsen.
Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner has recently come back into the frame at Arsenal after being in the wilderness for the last few years. His return to the club was made possible after a public apology. Bendtner claimed a few years ago that he would never wear the Arsenal shirt after falling out with the club and the manager, Arsene Wenger. He has spent the last few seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus, but he has been unable to claim a permanent move away from Arsenal.
Bendtner rarely featured in the first half of the season, but a much improved form in the last few weeks has resulted in him being used in important matches by Wenger. Still, he is a long way from being a regular first-team player for the club. Despite this, he will start the match for Denmark against England when the two sides meet each other in a friendly match in the first week of March. This, according to Denmark coach Morten Olsen, this is not a problem since he is well aware of the quality possessed by Bendtner.
Olsen states that the 26-year-old has been in fine condition with regard to this physical state. This should see him keep his place ahead of the competition.
“Nicklas is our first attacker. We must show that we believe in him. Not only now, but also in relation to the future. He is physically in good shape, even though he was not involved in the last game. But he must of course prove that he is in good shape,” said Olsen. Bendtner is widely expected to leave Arsenal in the summer despite the run of matches. He is out of contract and there has been no sign from Arsenal that they want to keep him for the next few years.
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