Danish national team rocked by COVID-19 as key fixtures approach

Coach Kasper Hjulmand and numerous key players quarantined after a player and a member of staff test positive

With critical Nations League ties against Iceland and Belgium approaching, Denmark is looking increasingly vulnerable. 

Coach Kasper Hjulmand and eight players have been quarantined after winger Robert Skov and a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The news means that Frederik Rønnow, Yussuf Poulsen, Rasmus Falk, Pione Sisto, Anders Dreyer, Erik Sviatchenko, Alexander Scholz and Martin Braithwaite will all miss the friendly against Sweden tomorrow.

They will have to wait for negative tests to see if they can take part in the key Nations League ties against Iceland on Sunday and Belgium on Wednesday next week.

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The Danish side is already severely undermanned due the UK banning incoming flights from Denmark due to the COVID-19 mink mutation situation.

Because of those measures in the UK, players plying their trade in England – including Kasper Schmeichel, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Christensen and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – are unable to participate in the friendly with Sweden in Copenhagen tomorrow.

Against Sweden, Ebbe Sand, Lars Høgh and Mounir Akhiat will take over as the coaching team with Hjulmand and his assistant Morten Wieghorst in quarantine. 

Denmark currently sit second behind Belgium in Nations League Group 2 and a win against Iceland would set them up with a chance to win the league against the Belgians next week.

Most recently, the Danes managed impressive away wins in Reykjavik and their first at Wembley Stadium in 35 years.