Tottenham can breathe a sigh of relief following Denmark coach Morten Olson’s insistence he will not ‘risk’ playmaker Christian Eriksen.
The 22-year-old Spurs midfielder suffered a muscle problem in his back during Tottenham’s 3-2 comeback against Dnipro in the Europa League last week but the Denmark national team boss has assured Spurs the midfield maestro will not be risked for his nation’s upcoming friendly against England this Wednesday.
"If Eriksen can play we will use him but he would have to be 100 per-cent,” explained Olsen.
"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.”
This will come as positive news for Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood as his squad returns from the international break later this week to prepare for their crucial clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Spurs are currently chasing the Europa League title, played on Thursday evening’s which only compounds their stretch to ensure they give their all to the league in which they hope to secure a top four finish to qualify for the Champions League next season.
"We have to wait and see, I think it's always a game against time, probably he can play on Saturday for Tottenham,” Olsen continued.
"I don't think he can play, we'll wait and see, but I can only say to Tottenham that I will not risk him.”
Eriksen arrived in the summer transfer window from Dutch champions Ajax and the gruelling fixture schedule in England will not get any less challenging in the months ahead with Spurs preparing to play four games in 12 days this month from Saturday. They can, it seems, rest assured their concerns are understood by the Denmark national coach who will not utilize their start midfielder unless he absolutely ready.
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