Really bad news: Knee injury hits Newcastle star player – set for spell on sidelines
After the second half disaster at Manchester City, news on Tuesday morning is that Daryl Janmaat has been forced to drop out of the Holland squad with a knee injury.
No information yet as to the severity of the injury but with Janmaat having worked so hard to get back into the squad for these upcoming crucial make or break qualifiers, the signs are not good.
It looks guaranteed for starters that Steve McClaren will need two new full-back for Norwich, with the promise of Kevin Mbabu cut short with a hamstring injury.
The likelihood surely is that we are looking at a decent spell on the sidelines for both players.
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 probably 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.
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