The Dutch team have been hit with a setback as striker Luuk de Jong has been ruled out of the rest of the Euro 2020 campaign after suffering a knee injury during training on Tuesday.
The 30-year old, who has been relegated to 2 brief substitute appearances thus far in the competition sustained the injury in a tackle with teammate Cody Gapko during the Dutch team’s training session a day after beating North Macedonia in their last group game to maintain their 100 percent record in the competition.
The player’s injury status was revealed by a statement made by the KNVB on Wednesday: “The Sevilla striker, with 38 caps, injured the inner ligament of the knee and, as a result, can no longer play in this European Championship”
This is not a good one for the Dutch side after reaching the business and fierce stages of the competition as UEFA regulations do not allow for the replacement of a player at this stage of the competition unless it’s a goalkeeper who is injured.
The Dutch team have now been reduced to 24 ahead of their round-of-16 game in Budapest on Sunday.
They will be playing against one of the third-place finishers from the group stages and this makes them overwhelming favorites on paper unless the likes of Spain and either France, Portugal, or Germany finishes in third.