The Socceroos next 2018 FIFA World Cup is on Thursday and there is speculation that opponent Denmark might be without midfielder William Kvist, not just for the match, but also for the remainder of the tournament.
The Danes beat Peru 1 – nil in the second Group C match, but losing Kvist would be an ill-timed blow.
Denmark might also be seeking a refund on their kits, as photos of Kvist being assisted off the pitch showed a trainer in a team jacket emblazoned with “Danmark” on the back.
You know we are jesting, right? And not because the medico was named Dan Mark.
The 33-year-old Kvist was stretchered off in the 36th minutes after being struck in the ribs. The early reports are that Kvist sustained a fractured rib.
Danish Coach Age Hareide told reporters, “We think it’s a fractured rib — we’ll have confirmation later on. If it’s a fractured rib he’s out for the rest of the World Cup for sure. We cannot replace a player at this point in the tournament, so we’ll be down to 22 if he is out.”
Danish defender Andreas Christensen was substituted for nine minutes this side of full-time, but according to Hareide, Christensen had a bit of a cramp so we couldn’t take any chances with him,” Hareide said. “Fortunately we had other good defenders.”
Denmark withstood a wave of attacking football by the Peruvians, but the key moment in the game was when their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made some key saves and Peru’s Christian Cueva missed a penalty.
Even without Christensen or Kvist, Bert van Marwijk and his staff have to devise a strategy to nuetralise Christian Eriksen. Eriksen found ways to get lots of open space against Peru and that space enable Eriksen to put Yussuf Poulsen through on goal to score in the 59th minute.
The Socceroos will face the Danes in Samara on Thursday night at 10 pm AEST.