Agger out for Denmark
Defender misses friendly game due to injury
Last Updated: February 28, 2012 3:09pm
Daniel Agger: Had to withdraw from the Denmark squad because of injury
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has pulled out of the Denmark squad to face Russia in a friendly international on Wednesday.
The centre-back had to be replaced in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff on Sunday after picking up an injury, and manager Kenny Dalglish later expressed fears that the player had broken a rib.
The full extent of the problem has yet to be confirmed but Denmark coach Morten Olsen has stated that the 27-year-old would not be joining up with the national squad.
"Daniel does not attend. He has sent his apologies. It is no surprise," Olsen told the Danish press.
"We - and especially Daniel - are sorry that he cannot come but we have some others who have also done well when he has not been present."
Fellow defender, and former Everton full-back, Lars Jacobsen is confident Denmark will cope in the absence of Agger.
"Recently against Portugal we managed just fine," he said.
"Daniel is a player that plays when he's ready, but he has been a bit unlucky last year with a lot of injuries, so we are almost accustomed to playing without him, although he will obviously be missed."