Keeper Sorensen hoping to be fit
Denmark international Thomas Sorensen believes he will can be fit for the World Cup finals despite suffering a dislocated elbow against Chelsea on Sunday.
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Stoke keeper Sorensen suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday's 7-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou went in two-footed to score his side's second goal.
The injury led to fears that Sorensen would miss the World Cup campaign in South Africa, but he has been given a boost in his quest to return to fitness.
Sorensen will not require an operation on his elbow and he is hoping he will recover in time to take his place in his country's World Cup squad.
"I do truly believe I can make it to the World Cup," Sorensen told The Sentinel. "It will be a race against time, but I have to believe in it.
"I have to be happy that the elbow was only dislocated, but I was in severe pain and I am relieved I don't have to have my elbow put back in place every day.
"I am as upbeat as I can be in this situation. At least I am left with some hope since the injury is not as bad as feared."
Kalou has wished Sorensen well in his recovery, but the former Sunderland keeper was left unhappy with the Chelsea man's challenge.
He added: "It was a reckless challenge from Kalou. He bangs in studs up with both legs stretched. I know the ball was loose, but the way he threw himself into the situation was not OK.
"From the outset I could feel that the injury was bad and that the elbow had been dislocated. I didn't see it for myself, but the doctors said it was twisted wide to the side.
"The pain was way beyond imagination just as it happened. And right at the moment thoughts raced through my head.
"I was not thinking of the match. My thoughts were further into the future, at the World Cup."