Earlier today we reported that Daryl Janmaat had been forced to drop out of the Holland squad with a knee injury.
With Janmaat having worked so hard to get back into the squad for these two upcoming crucial make or break qualifiers, the signs didn’t look good.
With Kevin Mbabu already definitely missing Norwich and almost certainly, further matches with a hamstring injury, it certainly looked like Steve McClaren would need a new pair of full-backs.
However, this afternoon Newcastle United have released a statement about Daryl Janmaat’s withdrawal.
‘Daryl Janmaat has withdrawn from the Holland squad as a precautionary measure.
The right-back was one of four Newcastle United players named in the Netherlands’ 23-man party for European Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan (Saturday, 10th October) and Czech Republic (Tuesday, 13th October).
After suffering stiffness in his knee, Janmaat will miss both fixtures and will return to Tyneside to be assessed by the Club’s medical staff, with the Magpies hopeful he will be available to face Norwich City on Sunday, 18th October.’
If it were just friendlies then I would maybe share the ‘hopeful’ nature of Newcastle’s statement.
However, these are the two most crucial matches for Holland in the foreseeable future and so it is hard to believe that Daryl Janmaat was happy to pull out unless it is a bit more serious than Newcastle’s description of the situation.
I ‘hope’ NUFC are proved right but in my head I’m already ruling Janmaat out of Norwich and struggling for Sunderland, so any improvement on that will be a pleasant surprise for me!
The Netherlands are fourth in Group A, two points behind third-place Turkey.
With Iceland and the Czech Republic having already qualified from the group, the team that finishes third wins a playoff spot, with it realistically being a straight fight between Turkey and Holland.
The Dutch need two wins to stand any chance.
Danny Blind is also missing Arjen Robben, Davy Klaassen, Ron Vlaar and Stefan de Vrij through injuries.
Blind has not called up a replacement for Janmaat as yet for Saturday’s match against Kazakhstan, with Holland then playing the Czech Republic in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul and Georginio Wijnaldum remain with the Dutch squad.
Daryl Janmaat had started the season slowly but has then quickly rediscovered the form that made hin Newcastle’s player of the year last season.
As well as his defensive duties, Janmaat has often been Newcastle’s best/only creative threat and is currently joint top scorer in all competitions.
Most of Newcastle’s best play on Saturday in the first half came down the right side with the full-back at the heart of it.