Sorensen handed injury boost

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is expected to be fit for Denmark's World Cup campaign despite dislocating his elbow against Chelsea.

The 33-year-old international number one was stretchered off during Sunday's 7-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge with an injury which was believed to threaten his participation in the upcoming tournament in South Africa.

An operation would almost certainly have ended his World Cup hopes with the start of the tournament now just six weeks away.

However, despite revealing that Sorensen will definitely miss the last two games of Stoke's season, with deputy Asmir Begovic set to step into the starting line-up, Potters boss Tony Pulis has suggested the injury blow is not as bad as was first feared.

"If he had needed an operation, he'd have struggled to make the World Cup, but there is some encouraging news in that it was put back without the need for that," said Pulis.

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