Tuesday July 1 2014
World Cup is over for De Jong

The World Cup is over for Milan and Netherlands midfielder Nigel De Jong, who suffered a groin strain.

He limped off just nine minutes into their 2-1 victory over Mexico in the Round of 16.

The Dutch FA has now released a statement confirming the World Cup is over for De Jong.

“Nigel De Jong has a tear in his groin muscle. He’s probably out of action for two to four weeks. De Jong will continue his rehabilitation with the Oranje squad.”

Netherlands Coach Louis Van Gaal had already expressed his frustration at losing De Jong for the quarter-final, let alone the rest of the tournament.

“It’s a hard blow for us that Nigel has been injured,” Robben said at a Press conference. “The possible absence of De Jong in the quarter finals is a heavy loss.

“But our strength is that every player who comes off the bench onto the pitch manages to have a big impact on the match.

“The confidence within our team is very big, in spite of any absence.”