Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek ruled out of the Euros

An injury has ruled him out of the Netherlands squad and head coach Frank de Boer will not call a replacement for him.

Donny van de Beek in a file photo; Credit: [email protected]_beek6

Donny van de Beek of Manchester United has been ruled out of the upcoming Euros due to an injury, according to the Netherlands. Despite having a poor season at Old Trafford, where he was largely limited to a bench role, the 24-year-old had been called up to Frank de Boer’s squad for the European Championship. This would have been the ideal occasion for the midfielder to demonstrate his abilities to the Old Trafford faithful, but the injury has dealt him a major setback. It is not clear how long van de Beek will be out of action. Holland are placed in Group C along with Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine – on paper, it looks like plain sailing for the Dutch in the group stage.

On Tuesday, the Netherlands released a statement, informing that van de Beek had been “struggling with an injury”. A statement from the Dutch FA read, “Donny van de Beek has to let the European championship pass by. The Manchester United midfielder is struggling with an injury. As a result, the 19-time international, who last played minutes in Orange in March during Gibraltar – Netherlands (0-7), is not available in time for the European Championship.”

However, the fact that head coach Frank de Boer would not call a replacement for van de Beek is surprising. “National coach Frank de Boer does not call for a replacement for Van de Beek. The Netherlands will play their first group match against Ukraine on Sunday, June 13. On Thursday, June 17, Austria will be the opponent, while the group stage will conclude with a meeting with North Macedonia on Monday, June 21. All duels take place in the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam.”

When the English giants signed the highly-rated midfielder from the Dutch giants Ajax last year, a lot was expected from him. But a lack of playing time due to competition for places in the midfield has denied him from showcasing his abilities. At the moment, Manchester United are flooded with attack-minded midfielders – Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, and also Jesse Lingard is set for a return to Old Trafford from his loan spell with West Ham United.

Fernandes and Pogba are the preferred options, which denied opportunities for other players to get regular game time. It was one of the main reasons behind Lingard going out on loan in January.

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