Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong ruled out of Euro 2024 due to ankle injury | Football News

Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong’s Euro 2024 dreams have been crushed due to an ankle injury, as confirmed by the Dutch soccer association. This setback comes after De Jong failed to recover in time for the tournament in Germany, following a 4-0 victory against Iceland in the team’s final warm-up match.

Unfortunately, Barcelona star De Jong was forced to watch the game from the bench in Rotterdam, as Ronald Koeman’s side prepared for the upcoming competition without one of their key players. The announcement that De Jong would not be fit to participate in Euro 2024 came as a disappointment to fans and the team alike.

Tests revealed that De Jong’s ankle had not fully healed, leading to the decision to exclude him from the squad. In his absence, AC Milan midfielder Tijjani Reijnders stepped up to fill the void in the midfield during the match against Iceland.

The Netherlands now faces uncertainty regarding another key player, Teun Koopmeiners, who sustained an injury during the warm-up for the Iceland game. The team is anxiously awaiting test results to determine Koopmeiners’ availability for the tournament, with Koeman expressing concern over the situation.

Despite these obstacles, the Netherlands remains focused on their upcoming matches in Group D, starting with a showdown against Poland in Hamburg. The team will then face tough competition from World Cup runners-up France and Austria in the group stage.

Meanwhile, Poland faces their own injury concerns as strikers Robert Lewandowski and Karol Swiderski are in doubt for Euro 2024 following injuries sustained in a 2-1 victory over Turkey. The status of these key players will undoubtedly have an impact on Poland’s prospects in the tournament.

As the Euro 2024 approaches, both the Netherlands and Poland must navigate these challenges and adapt their strategies to overcome the absence of key players and potential injuries. The competition promises to be intense, with each team aiming to make their mark on the European stage.

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