Jores Okore pulls out of Under-21 European Championships after undergoing scan

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Denmark have confirmed Aston Villa defender Jores Okore will miss the Under-21 European Championships.

Denmark have announced on their official Twitter account that centre back Jores Okore will miss this summer's Under-21 European Championships through injury.

The 22-year-old defender was born in the Ivory Coast, but moved to Denmark at the age of just three, pledging his international allegiance to the Danes later in his career.

With seven Under-21 caps and eight first team caps to his name for Denmark, Okore is considered as one of Denmark's bright young hopes, and had been pencilled in for the Under-21 European Championships this summer alongside the likes of Chelsea's Andreas Christensen, Fulham's Lasse Vigen Christensen and Ajax star Viktor Fischer.

However, the Danish FA have taken to Twitter in order to announce that Okore has now pulled out of the squad, and has been replaced by Midtjylland's Patrick Banggaard.

SN.dk in Denmark report that Okore has undergone a scan on his knee, and the result was that Okore should miss the tournament and spend time healing up ahead of Aston Villa's pre-season friendlies.

Denmark must now face Germany, Serbia and the hosts Czech Republic in Group A of the competition without Okore, damaging their chances of making it into the knockout stages.

However, the health of Okore takes precedence - and Villa will be delighted that their young defender won't be putting any more strain on his injured knee this summer.

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