National coach Louis van Gaal does not assume that Memphis Depay and Steven Berghuis can come into action on Sunday with the Orange squad in the final group match against Belgium in the Nations League.
Memphis suffered a hamstring injury during the second half of the game against Poland (0-2 win) on Thursday.
“It is a pity that Memphis had to leave with such an injury. That does not bode well. I do not think he will play on Sunday,” said the choice lord in conversation with the NOS.
At the start of the game, national coach Teun Koopmeiners had to be replaced after the midfielder had been hit on the head during an aerial duel with Karol Linetty. “He is already feeling better, but a scan has yet to be taken. We did not want to take any risks,” said Van Gaal about the Atalanta Bergamo midfielder who was taken off on a stretcher.
Koopmeiners was replaced by Berghuis, who in turn made way for debutant Kenneth Taylor in the second half due to back problems. “Back injuries usually last longer than a few days,” said Van Gaal, referring to Sunday’s match with Belgium.
Frenkie de Jong was left behind in the tailor halfway through the game in Warsaw because he did not feel one hundred percent physically fit. According to Van Gaal, this was a precautionary change and the midfielder is normally there against Belgium.