Sven Botman has been forced to withdraw from The Netherlands’ squad as a virus has impacted their camp. The 23-year-old is one of five Dutchmen forced to withdraw per the following official announcement on Twitter.
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? Sven Botman, Cody Gakpo, Matthijs de Ligt, Joey Veerman & Bart Verbruggen left our training camp this morning. They are suffering from a virus infection. Get well soon, boys. ?
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) March 23, 2023
This could be a big blow for Sven, who had received the surprise call-up ahead of Euro 2024 qualifiers against France and Gibraltar. There is still hope Botman can make his debut as he is currently only ruled out for Friday’s match at France.
The squad will be reviewed after that match with some chance the withdrawn players will be available for the match against Gibraltar on Monday. Though it is looking somewhat tenuous at the moment. The illness should not affect Botman’s availability for Newcastle’s match against Manchester United after the break.
Botman has been a sensational addition at St. James’ Park since joining from Lille over the summer. It didn’t take long for him to cement himself into Eddie Howe’s backline. While he missed out on the World Cup late last year, he has now moved ever closing to getting his first cap.