Eriksen set for late fitness test

  • Last Updated: March 4 2014, 16:30 GMT

Denmark boss Morten Olsen will not gamble over Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen's fitness for Wednesday's friendly clash with England at Wembley.

Christian Eriksen: Unlikely to feature against England
Christian Eriksen: Unlikely to feature against England

The Denmark manager has moved to reassure Spurs manager Tim Sherwood he will not field Eriksen unless the 22-year-old is "100 per cent fit".

Christian Eriksen

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Denmark will hand Eriksen a fitness test on Wednesday, but Olsen admits it is unlikely he will be ready for action at Wembley.

The former Ajax playmaker suffered a back muscle problem in Spurs' 3-1 Europa League victory over Dnipro last Thursday.

Sherwood revealed after his side's 1-0 win over Cardiff on Sunday that Eriksen would not be fit for the midweek international friendly.

"If Eriksen could play we will use him, but he would have to be 100 per cent," Olsen said. "When he is only 99 per cent he will not play.

"He's a young player who has never had such an injury before, so it's a difficult one to call.

"We have to wait and see, I think it's always a game against time, probably he can play on Saturday for Tottenham.

"I don't think he can play tomorrow, we'll wait and see, but I can only say to Tottenham that I will not risk him."

Denmark have not made contact with Tottenham, but Olsen said there is nothing for the Barclays Premier League club to worry about.

Admitting he will put Eriksen through a fitness test anyway, Olsen said: "We will try tomorrow, but surely I know also the club manager, they have some difficult games coming up, in Europe.

"They can be sure that our medics are very good, our physios and the back specialist and so on.

"It's very important that he is here in the squad because we haven't been together for three months.

"But Tottenham can be sure that if he's any less than 100 per cent I will not use him."

Eriksen echoed his manager's sentiments, refusing to take any risks, what with a pivotal March schedule coming up as Tottenham still chase a fourth-place Premier League finish.

"I know myself I won't play if it gets any worse," said Eriksen, confident Spurs are unfazed by the situation.

"He [Sherwood] will be good with that.

"I will have a fitness test at some point tomorrow. If it is not 100 per cent, I am not playing."


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