Season from hell! No Euro for hero

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 00:00 | By
Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek.

Amsterdam, Tuesday

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of Holland’s Euro 2020 campaign through injury.

The 24-year-old was included in Frank de Boer’s 26-man squad for the tournament this summer but has had to withdraw due to not being fit to play. A replacement will not be called up.

A statement from the Dutch FA, KNVB, on Tuesday read: ‘Donny van de Beek has to let the European championship pass by. The Manchester United midfielder is struggling with an injury.

‘As a result, the 19-time international, who last played minutes in Orange in March during Gibraltar - Netherlands (0-7), is not available in time for the European Championship. 

‘National coach Frank de Boer does not call for a replacement for Van de Beek. The Netherlands will play their first group match against Ukraine on Sunday, June 13.

On Thursday, June 17, Austria will be the opponent, while the group stage will conclude with a meeting with North Macedonia on Monday, June 21. All duels take place in the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam.’

Van de Beek has endured a nightmare debut season in England following his £40million switch from Ajax last summer.

His game time has been severely limited under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with just four Premier League starts under his belt in the 2020-21 campaign.

Van de Beek did play the full 90 minutes of United’s final game of the top-flight season last month but was an unused substitute in their Europa League final defeat by Villarreal.

In 36 appearances he scored just one goal and supplied only one assist, having been forced to settle for a bit-part role. -Dailymail

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