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UPDATED 06:52 17th July 2012

THOMAS SORENSEN will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on Denmark’s Euro 2012 campaign due to a back injury.

Having achieved the proud distinction of 100 international caps earlier in the year, the 36-year-old goalkeeper was all set to feature in another major international tournament for his country when his injury misfortune struck in one of Denmark’s warm-up games.

While Sorensen has been firmly established as his country’s first choice for some time now, he faces stiff competition for the number one spot at the Britannia Stadium.

Both he and Asmir Begovic have been competing for the position since the Bosnian’s arrival at the club in January 2010 and will continue to do so this season.

After losing his place in the Premier League side, the 6ft 5in Dane featured prominently in City’s historic success in reaching their first-ever FA Cup Final.

The goalkeeping duties were shared throughout the 2011-12 season with Sorensen starting off in the Europa League side but taking over for a four-month spell in the Premier League when Tony Pulis decided to give Begovic a rest from top-flight action.

Sorensen has proved to be one of Pulis’ best signings, having picked him up on a free transfer from Aston Villa shortly after the Club won promotion to the Premier League.

Prior to his five year spell at Villa Park, he had spent another five years with Sunderland where he made 171 League appearances after City’s former assistant manager Peter Reid had taken him to the Stadium of Light in a £500,000 deal from Odense.

It was during a loan spell with the Danish second division side Svendborg that Sorensen had caught the eye of Sunderland scouts in the 1997-98 season.