Mauricio Pochettino and Claude Puel have two fresh injury headaches after Christian Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg both withdrew from Denmark’s squad to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Or do they?
The Premier League pair were among a total of six injury withdrawals from the Danish squad, and given the Czech Republic match is a friendly, there’s quite a bit of suspicion that there’s more to it than meets the eye.
TV2’s Flemming Toft isn’t happy at all and has stated: “Danish football is a joke.”
The pundit believes clubs are coming before the national team, and there’s no power to fight back. Eriksen scored two goals for the Danes against Kazakhstan, but is now returning to Tottenham rather than waiting to play the friendly. It’s the same situation with Southampton’s Højbjerg, and the Danish side will be depleted.
Toft points out it’s frankly unbelievable that six players have picked up injuries since the Kazakh World Cup Qualifier, but he points out the clubs are the ‘top dogs’, paying the players’ wages.
Whilst it’s frustrating for Denmark if the injuries aren’t all they’re stated to be, it’s understandable from a Tottenham and Southampton perspective that they’d rather have the players back ready for a busy period of the season.