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Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong dominated out of Euro 2024 with ankle damage


Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been dominated out of the European Championship after failing to get better from an ankle damage, dealing a blow to the group’s possibilities.

The Dutch soccer affiliation introduced the Barcelona star wouldn’t be out there for Euro 2024 in Germany after Ronald Koeman’s group beat Iceland 4-0 in its ultimate warmup. De Jong watched from the bench on Monday in Rotterdam.

“He will not be match sufficient to play at this stage for the subsequent three weeks,” Koeman mentioned. “There is no level protecting him with us.”

De Jong’s hopes of enjoying had been dashed when exams “confirmed that the ankle isn’t but sufficiently resilient,” Netherlands officers mentioned in a press release.

Koeman will resolve later whether or not to name up a substitute. AC Milan midfielder Tijjani Reijnders performed in midfield in De Jong’s absence on Monday.

One other midfielder, Teun Koopmeiners, was injured whereas warming up for the Iceland match and was additionally unsure for the event. Koeman mentioned they had been ready for take a look at outcomes anticipated on Tuesday, however he added, “I’ve a nasty feeling.”

The Netherlands, the 1988 European champion, performs Poland in its first Group D match on Sunday in Hamburg earlier than taking up World Cup runner-up France and finishing the group stage towards Austria.

Poland strikers Robert Lewandowski and Karol Swiderski had been unsure for Euro 2024 after they had been injured as Poland beat Turkey 2-1 in a warmup on Monday.

Reporting by the Related Press.

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