Denmark have been dealt a big blow ahead of their match against France on Saturday (26 November) as their midfielder Thomas Delaney has been ruled out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 with a knee injury. The country’s FA announced the news on Wednesday. Notably, Delaney picked up the injury during his team’s goalless draw against Tunisia.
The midfielder will now miss Denmark's rest of the matches at the global event. "We'll miss him, both on and off the pitch," said coach Kasper Hjulmand in a statement. "Our other players are ready and we have a strong squad for the coming matches."
Talking about Denmark's first group-stage match, they were held back by an upbeat Tunisia who showed great zeal to not concede a goal. Although Denmark would have felt undone after a late penalty call did not go in their favour despite VAR coming into the play, Tunisia put in a gallant display in the entire match. And in the end, both sides secured a deserved point, courtesy of a goalless draw in the Group D clash.
"We played too nervously and too slow, and we didn't find ourselves in the first half," Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand told DR.
"There was a period when we got into it but we were never calm and comfortable, that came later in the game. There's no doubt we played under par. [Qualifying from the group] has become complicated but it's not over. We are underway with the tournament, but our heads would have been a little higher with a better result."