Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was ruled out of the Netherlands squad for the Euro 2020 due to fitness doubts after he contracted COVID-19 this week. The Dutch soccer federation said that the Valencia goalkeeper, who was included in Frank de Boer’s final 26-man squad for the European Championship, will be replaced by Marco Bizot in the 26-man final squad. Follow us for updates on Bundesliga table.
“The Dutch team’s medical staff is closely monitoring his condition and will be reinstated to the team as soon as he is medically responsible,” the Dutch Football Association said in a statement. De Boer is taking his squad to Lagos, Portugal this weekend for a training camp, including a friendly against Scotland on June 2 and Georgia. Be the first to catch live football match odds here.
Cillessen is the first COVID-19 related case in the tournament after the national team named its final 26-man squad. UEFA allowed the 24 national teams at Euro 2020 to have three extra players in a 26-man squad to help cover for COVID-19 cases and mandatory isolation or quarantine. “The rest of the squad was retested for COVID-19 and returned negative results,” the statement added.
Cillessen, who has 60 caps for his country, had been a back-up to Tim Krul since the memorable 2014 World Cup quarterfinal match, when Cillessen was taken off late in extra time of a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica so that penalty specialist Krul could take part in the shootout. AZ keeper Marco Bizot, who has been part of the Netherlands’ warm-up preparations, has now been included in the final squad.
“I informed Jasper of my decision this morning,” the head coach told a press conference earlier this week. “Let me start by saying that I find this incredibly unpleasant for Jasper. But I had to take the plunge. He is known to have tested positive for corona. As a result, he missed an important part of the preparation. We don’t know how long it will take until he is 100 per cent fit again.”
Cillessen is symptom-free and medical staff are closely monitoring his condition. The Oranjes opens its Euro 2020 campaign in Amsterdam on June 13 against Ukraine in the Group C game. After their meeting with Ukraine, De Boer’s side will have four days to prepare for a clash with Austria before wrapping up their pool schedule against North Macedonia on June 21.
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