Injured Sorensen out of Denmark squad for Euro 2012

STOCKHOLM Tue May 29, 2012 6:38pm BST

Denmark's goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen walks off the pitch at the end of a 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match against Japan at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Denmark's goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen walks off the pitch at the end of a 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match against Japan at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 24, 2010.

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen will miss Euro 2012 because of a back injury sustained in a friendly against Brazil on Saturday, the Danish FA said in a statement on Tuesday.

He will be replaced in the squad by Kasper Schmeichel, whose father Peter played a key role when Denmark won the European Championship in 1992.

Coach Morten Olsen said he could not afford to bring a goalkeeper carrying an injury to the tournament, where Denmark will face Netherlands, Germany and Portugal in the group stage.

"It's a tough decision I had to make, and it's a serious blow for us sportingly," Olsen said, adding that the uncapped Schmeichel will be adequate backup for Stephan Andersen and Anders Lindegaard.

"He (Schmeichel) has worked very seriously on his development as a goalkeeper, and we have followed him closely during the season at Leicester."

Sorensen was substituted in the first half of the 3-1 defeat by Brazil and was replaced by Andersen who is likely to start in Denmark's Group B opener against Netherlands on June 9.

Olsen, who named a preliminary squad on May 16, gave the final outfield places to Groningen striker Niclas Pedersen and 19-year-old central defender Jores Okore from new Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Stephan Andersen (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

Defenders: Lars Jacobsen (FC Copenhagen), Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar), Daniel Wass (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Simon Kjaer (AS Roma), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Andreas Bjelland (FC Nordsjaelland), Jores Okore (FC Nordsjaelland)

Midfielders: William Kvist (VfB Stuttgart), Christian Poulsen (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Niki Zimling (Club Bruges), Jakob Poulsen (Midtjylland), Lasse Schone (NEC Nijmegen), Tobias Mikkelsen (FC Nordsjaelland), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Brondby), Thomas Kahlenberg (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Michael Silberbauer (Young Boys)

Forwards: Christian Eriksen (Ajax Amsterdam), Niclas Pedersen (FC Groningen), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal), Dennis Rommedahl (Brondby)

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor and David Ljunggren, editing by Justin Palmer)

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