Feb 28, 2012

Danes set to loose Agger while Bellamy is set to lead Wales in tribute match

Daniel Agger has been withdrawn from Denmark’s squad to face Russia in a friendly on Wednesday.The Liverpool center-back was forced off and was replaced by Jamie Carragher four minutes before the end of normal time with an injury in the Carling Cup final.

Manager Kenny Dalglish said he thought the player had broken a rib in the after-match press conference.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen confirmed the Dane had not joined up with the national squad.

Daniel does not attend. He has sent his apologies. It is no surprise,” Olsen told the Danish press.”We and especially Daniel are sorry that he cannot come but we have some others who have also done well when he has not been present.”

Meanwhile Craig Bellamy is set to captain Wales for Wednesday night’s Gary Speed memorial match against Costa Rica at Cardiff City Stadium.Bellamy takes the armband from the skipper Aaron Ramsey who is ruled out of the game with an ankle injury.It will be the first time the 67-cap striker has led his country after the defeat against Montenegro in the qualifying stages of Euro 2012 in September 2010.

Coach Osian Roberts said: ‘For obvious reasons Craig will lead the side.

‘He knew Gary better than anybody, he is a close friend of the Speed family and it seems only right that he should lead Wales on the night.’Coleman also praised vice captain Ashley Williams, after the Swansea defender allowed Bellamy to take the armband on what will be an emotionally-charged occasion.

‘It is a real nice gesture from Ashley Williams,’ he said. ‘I spoke with Ashley yesterday, and it’s a different game, there is no getting around it.

‘It’s a friendly building to the big one against Belgium in September, but there is a different slant on the game for obvious reasons.

‘It is fitting. Aaron is our captain and he will be leading the team out with Gary’s two sons, Tom and Ed, and Craig is captain on the night, which is right thing to to and it is also a nice gesture from Ashley Williams.’

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