Memphis not match sufficient to start out in opposition to Senegal – Van Gaal
The Dutchman continues to be scuffling with damage
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has supplied an replace on Memphis Depay and says the Barcelona ahead is not going to begin his crew’s first sport of the World Cup.
Memphis is a key participant for the Oranje however has not featured since September because of damage and has hit out at rumors he has been delaying his restoration with a purpose to be in peak situation for the World Cup.
Van Gaal says Memphis continues to be not totally match however may doubtlessly come on instead within the Netherlands’ World Cup opener.
“Memphis is still injured, or hasn’t recovered. That is already against my view. Memphis has been so important to this squad. Not just as a player, but also as a person. I’ve kept a place open for that,” he mentioned.
“He is medically match. I don’t assume that’s an excellent factor, as a result of we’re not a rehabilitation heart. So we now have to construct it up. It’s not like he can simply play. I solely assume he’s so necessary to this crew that I’m prepared to place up with it. I already mentioned that two months in the past. That I’d all the time hold a spot open for Memphis. And additionally for Frenkie de Jong, solely he was much less injured.
“Memphis can play as a substitute against Senegal. He’s not going to start. I already know that. In my view, that is a risk that we run as a group. He is the top scorer and the assist king of Oranje. Unfortunately, I can’t change it. He has been training with Leo Echteld in recent weeks. Monday we will continue with the construction. Then we move on. He can do anything.”
Source | Football Oranje
Van Gaal’s aspect additionally play hosts Qatar and Ecuador in Group A and will probably be anticipated to make it to the knockout levels. Memphis goes into the World Cup because the second highest goalscorer in Dutch historical past, simply eight behind Robin van Persie on the all-time checklist.