Star striker Bendtner doubtful for Danish openerJune 11th, 2010 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
Knysna (South Africa), June 11 (DPA) Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has been all but ruled out of Denmark’s upcoming World Cup football opener against the Netherlands, Denmark coach Morten Olsen said Friday.
Denmark take on the Group E favourites Monday.
“To be realistic, he can’t play against the Netherlands, but we hope he can be fit for the coming matches,” Olsen told Danish broadcaster TV 2 Sports just before the Danish squad began Friday’s training session in Knysna.
Bendtner, 22, is suffering from a groin injury. But he has not completely ruled himself out of Monday’s match, according to Danish online website sporten.dk.
Olsen, however, has said that only players who are 100 per cent fit will start in Denmark’s World Cup matches.
Of the team’s other questionable players, defender Patrick Mitiliga rested Friday but was expected to be fit for Monday, as are Palermo defender Simon Kjaer, who is nursing a knee injury, and goalkeeper Thomas Srensen.
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