Donny Van de Beek out for the Euro

The Manchester United midfielder has been forced to withdraw from the Euro just days before kick-off due to injury.

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of Euro 2020 with the Netherlands due to injury. The 24-year-old, who has 19 international caps, did not play in any of his country’s preparatory matches and it has now been confirmed that he will not be recovered in time for the tournament, which starts on Friday.

In a statement, the Dutch Football Association said a replacement would not be called up to take the former Ajax midfielder’s place in Frank de Boer’s 26-man squad.

However, he was not used in last week’s 2-2 draw with Scotland, before being left out of the squad for Sunday’s win over Georgia entirely.

The next day it was revealed that Van de Beek was suffering from an injury and had been training outside the main squad. It is now official that he is unable to recover in time and will withdraw from the squad. The Netherlands begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Ukraine on Sunday in Amsterdam.

They will then have to face Austria and Northern Macedonia for Memphis Depay’s teammates, who are bound to be ambitious for their reunion with a major competition, as they failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and then the 2018 World Cup.

Unfortunately for them, Van de Beek will not be the only major player missing as defensive boss Virgil van Dijk is also out, insufficiently recovered from his cruciate ligament rupture suffered earlier this season.

Van de Beek’s injury ends a difficult year for the midfielder, who struggled to establish himself in his first season at Manchester United. Of his 36 appearances in all competitions, only 15 were as a starter, including four in the Premier League. The chance to play for his country at the Euro would have been the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills, but an injury scuppered those plans.

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