Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has admitted that he faces a race against time to be fit in time to feature for Denmark at this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.
The 33-year-old suffered a dislocated elbow in the 7-0 weekend thrashing at Chelsea and is far from happy with the challenge of Salomon Kalou which did the damage.
He told The Sentinel:"I do truly believe I can make it to the World Cup. It will be a race against time, but I have to believe in it.
"I have to be happy that the elbow was only dislocated, but I was in severe pain and I am relieved I don't have to have my elbow put back in place every day.
"I am as upbeat as I can be in this situation. At least I am left with some hope since the injury is not as bad as feared.
"It was a reckless challenge from Kalou. He bangs in studs up with both legs stretched. I know the ball was loose, but the way he threw himself into the situation was not okay.
"From the outset I could feel that the injury was bad and that the elbow had been dislocated. I didn't see it for myself, but the doctors said it was twisted wide to the side.
"The pain was way beyond imagination just as it happened and right at the moment thoughts raced through my head.
"I was not thinking of the match. My thoughts were further into the future, at the World Cup."