Ryan Giggs is preparing for Wales to enter the unknown against a Denmark side consisting of lower-league and futsal players.
The preparations for the Danes’ UEFA Nations League opener against Wales in Aarhus on Sunday are in chaos following a dispute over the squad’s commercial rights.
Denmark’s senior players, including Huddersfield Town duo Jonas Lossl and Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen, last night sat out the friendly clash with Slovakia following the breakdown in talks between the Danish Football Association and their Players’ Association.
Unless a speedy resolution can be found to the row, the uncapped scratch side that played in Trnava will also face the Welsh. It will mean Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey et al coming up against third-tier and futsal players, an indoor five-a-side game played with a harder and smaller ball.
“What sort of team we are going to face I don’t know,” Giggs said ahead of tonight’s inaugural Nations League tie for his own side against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff.
“There is a bit of me that thinks they will sort it out, but every day that looks more and more unlikely.
What sort of team we are going to face I don’t know. There is a bit of me that thinks they will sort it out, but every day that looks more and more unlikely.Ryan Giggs
“But I have got a big game against Ireland first and all of my concentration is on that.”
Denmark reached the knockout stages of the World Cup, Huddersfield’s Jorgensen scoring their goal in a 1-1 draw with Croatia that was followed by an exit on penalties.
The turmoil surrounding the Danish squad has overshadowed Giggs’s first home game as Wales manager and a reunion between two teams who met in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier last October.
A 1-0 defeat ended Wales’ qualification hopes before the Irish suffered the same fate when losing to Denmark in a play-off the following month.