The absentee list goes on as Holland’s Strootman ruled out of World Cup
Another high profile player has been ruled out of the World Cup as it was confirmed that Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman has torn cartilage in his left knee.
Reuters confirmed the news and quoted Holland coach Louis van Gaal, he said: “I can just imagine how disappointed he must be.
“Kevin was in good form. For the national team it is a huge blow. Kevin made a huge contribution to our qualification for the World Cup, he never let us down and now his dreams have died.”
The Roma midfield was injured in Roma’s 1-0 Serie A defeat against Napoli on Sunday and is predicted to be out for six months.
The 24-year-old also injured his knee, although his right one, against France last Wednesday and was substituted at half time.
Strootman joins a whole host of other illustrious names to be ruled out of the World Cup including England’s Theo Walcott, Germany’s Sami Khedira and Italy’s Guiseppe Rossi.
Colombian’s Radamel Falcao is also expected to miss out on the World Cup and unfortunately fans in Brazil can now add Strootman to the list of stars they won’t get to see.