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EURO 2012: Anders Lindegaard recovers from ankle injury and is named in Denmark squad

Lindegaard shakes off ankle niggle to return to Denmark squad in nick of time

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19:34 GMT, 19 May 2012

Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard has been confirmed as a member of Denmark's Euro 2012 squad.

Coach Morten Olsen had left Lindegaard out when he unveiled his squad earlier this week because he wanted more time to work out whether the United man had recovered from the ankle injury that has kept him out of first-team action since January.

Back in the fray: Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard has recovered from an ankle injury to regain his place in the Denmark squad

Back in the fray: Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard has recovered from an ankle injury to regain his place in the Denmark squad

Lindegaard was confident he would be fine and it has taken just a couple of days' training for Olsen to reach the same conclusion.

‘We have never been in doubt about Anders' qualities,’ said Olsen.

‘It has purely been a matter of testing how he was after his long injury break.

‘After three training sessions we are in no doubt that we've got an injury-free third keeper in our squad.’

Graeme Swann ready to face Pakistan for England

Swann declares himself fit as England prepare to face tough Pakistan series

Graeme Swann is ready to bowl the marathon match-winning spells England may need from him if they are to get the better of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Swann mustered only two wickets, to his spin partner Monty Panesar's eight, in England's final warm-up victory over a Pakistan Cricket Board XI which concluded on Friday.

But he has reported himself fully fit after the scan on a sore thigh which had cleared him to play in England's 100-run success against the PCB.

Raring to go: Graeme Swann (centre) will lead England's attack against Pakistan

Raring to go: Graeme Swann (centre) will lead England's attack against Pakistan

Swann has bowled 70 overs on this 12-day-old tour already, and is expecting many more in three Tests against Pakistan – with four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s to follow.

'The ball does spin – especially on a six-day old pitch yesterday.' he said.

'I should be getting a lot of work out here. It's obviously hot, and the seamers can't do the job they do in England – because it's just not the same conditions.

'I'm looking forward to doing a lot of bowling and, I hope, winning the games for England.'

Swann is also encouraged that England stuck to their intention in their warm-up programme by putting the chance of victory ahead of the possibility of extra time in the middle for all batsmen.

Warming up: England celebrate as they beat Pakistan's Cricket Board XI

Warming up: England celebrate as they beat Pakistan's Cricket Board XI

That meant they duly declared in time to take all 10 PCB wickets in two sessions, and chalk up a second successive win.

'It would have been very easy yesterday to treat that as batting practice and let some of the guys get some time in the middle.

'But the whole remit of the team is to be ruthless and win every game we can.

'We were very happy that we managed to do that.'

As for his minor injury niggle, he added: 'I was a bit nervous going into the last warm-up game, because my thigh felt like a 32-year-old's rather than a 22-year-old's.

'But it managed to get through and felt great by the end of the game. So touch wood I'll be 100 per cent fit for the first Test.'

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann doubtful for England"s final warm-up

England's bowling problems continue with Tremlett and Swann doubtful for final warm-up

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann's fitness remain in doubt for England's final warm-up match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI on Wednesday.

As Tim Bresnan flew home from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday morning because of post-operative pain in his bowling elbow, Tremlett's eye infection and Swann's sore thigh were still keeping England's medical staff busy.

Tremlett had to miss the opening victory, at the start of this Test and limited-overs tour against Pakistan, and Swann was unable to bowl or field on the final day.

Injury problems: Bresnan (right) has flown home and Tremlett (left) has an eye infection

Injury problems: Bresnan (right) has flown home and Tremlett (left) has an eye infection

A scan on Swann's injury niggle has yet to take place, and Tremlett's eye has so far failed to respond to treatment.

England have other issues to settle in terms of appropriate preparation for all, in the three-day match against the PCB at the GCA ground, before the first of three Tests on January 17.

The uncertainty, particularly over Tremlett, opens up the possibility of a heartening return to England colours for Graham Onions.

Sore thigh: Swann is also a doubt

Sore thigh: Swann is also a doubt

The Durham seamer has not played for his
country since the new year Test in Cape Town in 2010 – in which he
helped to salvage a dramatic last-ditch draw by blocking out the final
over, for the second time in that series.

Onions subsequently suffered a career-threatening back injury, and a long road back after surgery, but was named as cover for England here and – following Bresnan's injury – finds himself possibly on the verge of a comeback.

The 29-year-old had inevitable mixed feelings at the opportunity which has come his way because of a fellow pace bowler's misfortune.

Back from the wilderness: Onions has been called into the squad

Back from the wilderness: Onions has been called into the squad

'I feel really bad for Tim,' he said.

'He has been an integral part of England's side for the last year or two.

'Whether or not he was expecting it, I don't know. But he hadn't done any bowling, and that's probably the reason why I was out here because there were certain injury doubts over him.

'It's up to me now to try to come into the squad and try and make a difference.'