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Nations League: James Chester welcomes possibility of facing weakened Denmark side

James Chester in action against Reading. Credit: Anthony Devlin/EMPICS Sport

Wales defender James Chester has welcomed the possibility that UEFA Nations League opponents Denmark could be without Christian Eriksen and company in Aarhus on Sunday.

The Danes are involved in an extraordinary row between their Player Association (Spillerne) and Football Association (DBU) which threatens both this fixture and Denmark's participation in the 2020 European Championship.

The long-running dispute is over a new commercial rights agreement for the squad, and the DBU has threatened to select players from Denmark's lower leagues rather than the likes of Tottenham midfielder Eriksen, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

It would certainly make it an easier fixture without Eriksen. He is one of the best players in the Premier League. He showed that at the World Cup.

– James Chester, Wales defender

Denmark are due to play a friendly in Slovakia on Wednesday but at present do not have a playing squad to fulfil the fixture.

Manager Age Hareide and assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson are said to be "working from home" and will not be in charge for the game in Trnava.

Hareide's squad were due to meet in Copenhagen on Monday to discuss the situation after Spillerne issued a strongly-worded statement that the DBU had walked out of talks over the weekend.

Denmark, who are a lofty ninth in the FIFA rankings, have been beset by internal problems over the past 12 months. The national women's team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions.

Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and UEFA fined the DBU #18,000.

The DBU was also warned that Denmark would be barred from UEFA tournaments if it cancelled another match in the next four years.