Sports notes | Ankle injury rankles Eriksen

The national football side beat Norway 2-1 on Friday, but the win was soured by an ankle injury sustained by the Danish FA’s player of the year, Christian Eriksen. His club Tottenham Hotspur say he will be out for three months, so FIFA is expected to compensate them 4.5 million kroner. Meanwhile, national coach Morten Olsen has publically told Nicklas Bendtner to leave Arsenal during the January transfer window.

Over if they lose to Andorra
With three games of their ENC 2B campaign remaining, the national rugby union side must win in Andorra on Saturday to maintain their promotion bid from the five-team group. Defeat, however, will see them battling to avoid relegation. With Israel assured of first place, Denmark are fourth, nine points adrift of Latvia, but with a game in hand. Denmark’s final games are away in Serbia in April and at home to Latvia in May.

Wooden spoon beckons
Denmark’s ongoing campaign in the World Cup Twenty20 Cricket Qualifiers in the UAE could not be going worse. Heading into today's game against Afghanistan, they sit bottom with four losses. In six losses since November 12 (including two warm-ups), the Danes have averaged just 89 per innings – a pitiful run-rate of less than 4.5 per over. As the only team without a win in Group B, another wooden spoon play-off beckons.

Under-21s march on

Denmark’s under-21s beat Bulgaria 3-2 in Sofia last week on Friday, thanks to a 87th minute winner from Yussuf Poulsen, and then comfortably beat Andorra on Tuesday. The wins leave them well-placed to qualify for the October 2014 play-offs for the 2015 Euros in the Czech Republic. Denmark have now played all of their away games and face group rivals Russia, who are one point back, next September.

Vikings plotting Indian raid
Superliga club FC Vestsjaelland has reportedly offered the Indian national team goalkeeper, Subrata Paul, a six-month contract from January, the 26-year-old would become the first ever Indian to play in a European top flight. The offer followed a three-week trial that ended on November 10, and Paul, who South Korean media once dubbed the Indian Spiderman, is now seeking permission from his Indian club to move.

Brothers batter all-comers
Patrick Nielsen, 22, defended his WBA & WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Titles in style in Albertslund on Saturday night with a TKO of Mexico’s Jose Pinzon in the fifth round. Pinzon had previously suffered five defeats in 29, while Nielsen is now 21-0. Also unbeaten is younger brother, Micki, who knocked out Germany’s Bjoern Blaschke in the first round. Promoter Nisse Sauerland tipped Patrick to land a world title fight in 2014.