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Strootman World Cup hopes in serious doubt

10 March 2014 13:50

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has torn his anterior cruciate knee ligament and is likely to miss the FIFA World Cup, it emerged on Monday.

The Dutchman was carried from the field after 13 minutes of Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Napoli, having previously attempted to play through the pain.

Strootman will miss Roma's remaining 12 Serie A fixtures as Rudi Garcia's charges look to cement second place and a return to UEFA Champions League football.

He will also be absent for the Dutch squad's World Cup campaign in Brazil after starting nine of his country's 10 matches in qualifying.

And Roma confirmed Strootman's injury in a brief statement, revealing the ligament injury is not the full extent of the issue.

It read: "Kevin Strootman had an MRI scan this morning as he was examined by Professor Giuliano Cerulli.

"Tests showed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and there could also be damage to the meniscus. He will undergo surgery in the next few days."

National coach Louis van Gaal was deeply sympathetic towards the 24-year-old, and lamented the news dealt to the Netherlands squad.

"This is dramatic for Kevin," he told the Dutch Football Association's (KNVB) official website.

"I can imagine that his world right now just collapses. This is a loss, Kevin played a very big part in our qualification for the World Cup in Brazil.

"It's terrible for Kevin, who sees his dream fall in tatters."

Netherlands already face a tough task in Brazil having been drawn alongside Spain, Chile and Australia in their group.

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Competition
Serie A
Date
9 March 2014
Game week
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Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
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José Callejón 81'
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