Erik­sen? We have faced much better

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY PAUL O’HE­HIR

JEFF HEN­DRICK is fit and ready to face Den­mark to­mor­row.

And he in­sists Ire­land won’t be run­ning scared of Tot­ten­ham star Chris­tian Erik­sen.

The Burn­ley mid­fielder had been dogged by a glute in­jury since com­ing off in the

Clarets 1-0 win at Southamp­ton last week­end.

And he missed the first three train­ing ses­sions of the week build­ing up to to­mor­row’s World Cup play-off first-leg.

But Hen­drick was back in har­ness yes­ter­day and took a full part in train­ing be­fore the flight to the Dan­ish cap­i­tal.

“Erik­sen is a good player,” he told RTE. “But he is only one player. We have played against better play­ers.

“That’s not do­ing him down. He still has to play his game and he has to stop us as well. It’s not any­thing we’re not used to.

“We play against a lot of big­ger coun­tries with play­ers at big clubs. The group we have here, it doesn’t seem to faze us much.”

Man­ager Martin O’neill touched down in icy Copen­hagen yes­ter­day with no fresh in­jury con­cerns.

And cap­tain Sea­mus Cole­man, inset, and Jon Wal­ters – both in­jured – have also trav­elled with the squad in a sup­port­ing role.

“Sea­mus be­ing there while not be­ing able to play means a lot to the squad and it tells you ev­ery­thing you need to know about him,” said Ire­land leg­end Kevin Kil­bane.

Stephen Ward trained for the se­cond day run­ning after shak­ing off a long-stand­ing knee prob­lem that flared up this week.

Colin Doyle – the fourth goal­keeper in the squad – did not travel as he has been re­leased back to Brad­ford City. No1 Dar­ren Ran­dolph has Keiren West­wood and

Rob El­liott as backup.

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