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Friday July 19, 2024

Netherlands call up Dortmund’s Maatsen after De Jong injury

By AFP
June 12, 2024
Borussia Dortmund’s Ian Maatsen in action with Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde at Wembley Stadium, London, June 1, 2024. — Reuters
Borussia Dortmund’s Ian Maatsen in action with Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde at Wembley Stadium, London, June 1, 2024. — Reuters

THE HAGUE: The Netherlands added Borussia Dortmund defender Ian Maatsen to their Euro 2024 squad on Tuesday, after losing two key players to injury including talismanic midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Maatsen´s call-up was as a replacement for Barcelona star De Jong, who has not recovered from an ankle injury that has dogged him all season, the Dutch Football Association said.

Adding to coach Ronald Koeman´s woes, midfielder Teun Koopmeiners will also not be going to the tournament in Germany after suffering an injury in the Oranje´s final warm-up game against Iceland.

Koopmeiners would not be replaced, meaning the Dutch squad will consist of 25 players, the association said.

Left-back Maatsen should come into the tournament in good form after helping Dortmund to the Champions League final, which they lost 2-0 to Real Madrid.

His omission from the original squad raised some eyebrows.

While not among the top favourites, the Oranje could yet prove to be dark horses, with an experienced defence and a midfield packed with talent from Europe´s top clubs.

They face a tough group, however, with joint-favourites France then Austria to come after an opening clash with Poland.