Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup after he was forced off the pitch with an injury in the Group D opener against Tunisia.
The Sevilla player started for Kasper Hulmand’s team in a goalless draw on Tuesday at Al Rayyan but was out in injury time of the first half to be replaced by Mikkel Damsgaard.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the 31-year-old suffered a knee injury that not only limits his direct participation but also marks the end of his tournament, hurting Denmark’s hopes.
“We will miss him both on and off the pitch,” Hulmand said after the news was made public in a brief statement.
“Other players are ready and we have a strong squad for the next matches.”
The veteran with 72 caps, Delaney was an important figure in the country’s quest to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020 following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest last year.
When the Manchester United playmaker recovered and returned to action, Denmark was seen as a potential pre-tournament dark horse contender.
Thomas Delaney can help vm-layren. Han pådrog sig en skade i Tunesien-kampen
“Vi vil savne ham, både på og udenfor banen. André Spilleré er klar og vi har en stark corpse til de næste kampe “- C. Hulmand
— Fodboldlandshold (@dbulandshold) November 23, 2022
However, the fight for the result against a reluctant Tunisia opened up an intriguing path to the playoffs through the rest of Group D.
On November 26, Denmark will play defending champions France, and four days later, on November 30, they will face Australia.