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Zanka got the last place in Denmark’s EC squad – didn’t take a chance on Nelsson

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Victor Nelsson (left) in action for the club team Galatasaray. The Dane was left out of the EC squad the evening before the deadline due to uncertainty surrounding an injury. Photo: AP / NTB

Of NTB | 07.06.2024 21:23:08

Sport: Galatasaray player Nelson has been struggling with pain in connection with an injury. Although he was cleared to play, national team manager Kasper Hjulmand did not want to take the chance. He replaced him with Jørgensen before Uefa’s deadline for reporting in the squads by midnight.

Hjulmand tells Ritzau that he did not take a chance on Nelsson because several other stoppers have been injured.

– Unfortunately, Victor suffered an injury at the very end of the season. He could only train with boots on Tuesday. We think he can be ready for the EC, but there is a small uncertainty, and I don’t want to take the chance, he says.

Hjulmand admits that Nelsson would probably have made it to the EC if it weren’t for the other injury problems in central defence.

– He was of course disappointed and upset. I have known him for many years and am fond of him as a player and a person, Hjulmand said of Nelsson.

Brentford stopper “Zanka” Jørgensen was called up as a reserve on Tuesday. He considered saying no, but now gets full credit for saying yes instead.

– He has handled the situation very well. First he learned that he did not make the EC squad. Then he was asked if he wanted to be a reserve, and now he is still there, says Hjulmand.

– He swallowed his frustrations and disappointments for the good of the team.

National team captain Simon Kjær is out of match form after a period of injury, while Andreas Christensen is struggling with sore heel tendons.

– I am devastated because I don’t get to represent my country in the EC. The injury didn’t heal as quickly as I hoped, but I wish the guys and the staff the best of luck. I’ll be cheering you on, Nelsson wrote on Instagram.

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