Denmark name injured Sorensen

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has been named in Denmark's provisional World Cup squad despite doubts about ability to play in South Africa.

Coach Morten Olsen had named the experienced keeper in a 26-man training squad ahead of the tournament despite Sorensen struggling with an elbow problem.

The 33-year-old dislocated his elbow during last month's 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea and is involved in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of Denmark's first game of the tournament against Netherlands on June 14.

Meanwhile, Olsen has handed a surprise call-up to Malaga defender Patrick Mtiliga despite 18 months in the international wilderness.

"We had Patrick with us against Wales in November 2008 when he played for one half and we have followed his progress closely since," said Olsen.

"With the move from NAC Breda to Malaga he went to a better club and a better league.

"We believe Patrick is the perfect fit for the type of opposition we will face."

Denmark's provisional World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Jesper Christiansen (FC Copenhagen), Kim Christensen (IFK Gothenburg), Stephan Andersen (Brondby), Thomas Sorensen (Stoke City).

Defenders: Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Lars Jacobsen (Blackburn), Patrick Mtiliga (Malaga), Per Kroldrup (Fiorentina), Simon Busk Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar), Simon Kjaer (Palermo), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen).

Midfielders: Christian Poulsen (Juventus), Christian Eriksen (Ajax), Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen), Jakob Poulsen (AGF Aarhus), Michael Silberbauer (FC Utrecht), Mikkel Beckmann (Randers), Thomas Enevoldsen (FC Groningen), Thomas Kahlenberg (Wolfsburg), Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax), Jesper Gronkjaer (FC Copenhagen), Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord), Martin Jorgensen (AGF Aarhus).

Forwards: Michael Krohn-Dehli (Brondby), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal), Soren Larsen (Duisburg).

Stand by: Anders Moller Christensen (Odense), Leon Jessen (FC Midtjylland), Mikkel Thygesen (FC Midtjylland), Morten Rasmussen (Celtic).

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