Sunderland’s Bendtner on the mend from illness

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UNDER-the-weather Nicklas Bendtner is confident he will be fit for Denmark’s derby clash with Sweden this weekend.

The on-loan Arsenal hitman has been suffering with a heavy cold and missed Denmark’s training session on Monday after flying to his homeland following Sunderland’s defeat at Manchester United last weekend.

But Bendtner has participated in the subsequent sessions and should face Black Cats team-mate Seb Larsson when Denmark go head-to-head with Sweden on Saturday.

The 23-year-old said: “I’m still sick, but I’ve trained OK and the international match against Sweden should be no problem.”

Bendtner’s form on the international stage has been rejuvenated since moving to Sunderland on August transfer deadline day.

The former Birmingham loanee played a key role in helping his country reach Euro 2012, with three goals in three qualifiers ensuring Denmark finished ahead of Portugal to top Group H.

Denmark boss Morten Olsen has hinted he will rest some of his key players the back-to-back all-Scandinavian friendlies against Sweden and Tuesday’s clash with Finland.

But Olsen will be eager to secure bragging rights against the Swedes and Bendtner will likewise be keen to continue his decent form in front of goal after three goals in his last six games for club and country.