Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat was recalled to the Dutch Squad by new manager Danny Blind for their final two European Championship qualifiers and the 25 year-old has withdrawn from the squad with a knee injury.
Daryl Janmaat – knee injury
This is bad news for Newcastle since Daryl has been one of our best players this season and we are short of specialist full-backs in the squad.
Kevin Mbabu is out a number of weeks with a hamstring strain, but Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara are returning from injury with Paul yet to play for the side this season.
The Netherlands play against Kazakhstan in Astana, and then play the following Tuesday against the Czech Republic in Amsterdam.
The Netherlands are currently in 4th place in Group A two points behind Turkey and have their work cut out to make the playoffs.
Only the third-placed side in each group make the playoffs with the top two qualifying automatically.
The Netherlands lost both their last two qualifying games losing 1-0 to Iceland in Amsterdam and 3-0 to Turkey in Konya.
We don’t know the extent of Daryl’s knee injury, but this is not good news for Newcastle.
It’s frustrating when our players go off to play for their countries and come back injured.