Koeman Blasts Barcelona After De Jong Ruled Out of Euro 2024

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman blames Barcelona for risking Frenkie de Jong's injury, leading to his absence from Euro 2024.

Ronald Koeman, the coach of the Dutch national team, has accused Barcelona of risking the aggravation of Frenkie de Jong's injury. The Dutch team announced the absence of De Jong from their Euro 2024 squad due to the injury.

The 27-year-old midfielder suffered a right ankle injury in March, causing him to miss several Barcelona matches since then. De Jong trained individually for a week before attempting to train with his Dutch teammates on Monday, June 10th. However, medical tests determined he was not fit to participate in Euro 2024.

Koeman commented on De Jong's situation, saying, "He has a history of injuries to his right ankle, so it's not worth taking risks." He further criticized Barcelona, stating, "His club took many risks before, and now we have to bear the consequences."

Regarding the duration of De Jong's absence from the field, Koeman stated in remarks reported by the NOS news agency that it would extend for three weeks.

De Jong has already been excluded from the Dutch squad heading to Euro 2024, as medical tests indicate he will not be ready throughout the tournament.



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