Concern in the Netherlands after de Ligt was injured days before the start of the European Nations


Anxiety prevails in the corridors of the Dutch national team, six days before the start of the European Football Championship, after central defender Matthijs de Ligt left training Saturday in the Portuguese city of Faro due to pain in the calves.

The 21-year-old Juventus player left the training session before the end of the session, limping, holding the groin on the left side.

“Mattis has been complaining of pain in the ureter since Friday,” coach Frank de Boer said on the eve of the last warm-up international match for “The Mills” against Georgia on Sunday in Enkhede, the Netherlands. He will undergo medical tests to assess the extent of his injury.”

The absence of De Ligt, in the event of his withdrawal, will constitute a painful blow to the Dutch team, which is already suffering from the absence of its captain, the heart of Liverpool’s defense, Virgil van Dijk.

Ajax Amsterdam defender Daily Blind is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered last March that prevented him from playing any matches since then.

The back line is causing concern for Bohr, who has excluded his first goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, from the squad for the continental finals due to his inability to participate in the preparations for his infection with the Corona virus.

The Netherlands, European champions in 1988, will play their first match on the 13th of this month against Ukraine before they meet North Macedonia and Austria in the third group competitions at the “Johan Cruyff Arena” in the capital, Amsterdam.

The European Nations Cup finals will be held from June 11 to July 11 in 11 European cities for the first time in the history of the competition to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its launch, namely, the cities of “Amsterdam, Baku, Seville, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Petersburg.


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