Van der Vaart ruled out of World Cup

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Netherlands coach Louis
van Gaal will have to make
do without the services of
Rafael van der Vaart at the
2014 World Cup due to a
calf injury.
Van der Vaart picked up the knock during Tuesday’s
training session at Netherlands’ camp in Portugal and
he has now been ruled out of the finals as a result.
The 30-year-old was widely expected to make
Holland’s final 23-man squad for the tournament in
Brazil, but his physical problems will now prevent
him from making it to the third World Cup of his
career after previously featuring in 2006 and 2010.
Van der Vaart was the most experienced player in
Oranje’s squad, having made 109 appearances for
the national side since making his debut under Van
Gaal back in 2001.
The Hamburg star’s withdrawals is yet another blow
for the 2010 World Cup runners-up after the
previously confirmed absence of Kevin Strootman
and Gregory van der Wiel due to injury, too.
The midfielder will likely be replaced by either PSV
skipper Georginio Wijnaldum or Feyenoord youngster
Tonny Vilhena.
Netherlands meet Spain, Australia and Chile in Group
B this summer.

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