Few teams have been more impressive during the 2014 World Cup than the Dutch, headlined by their switch to a 3-4-1-2 formation, a far cry from their traditional 4-3-3. But the Netherlands may be forced to scrap that formation moving forward, as the team saw central defender Bruno Martins Indi taken off the field in the first half against Australia.
The Sun shared the news during the team's match on Wednesday:
Tim Cahill gets booked for a lunge on Bruno Martins Indi. The Australian is banned for the final group game against Spain #AUSvsNED— The Sun - Football (@TheSunFootball) June 18, 2014
But Bruno Martins Indi came off much worse. He's been carried off. And it doesn't look great #AUSvsNED— The Sun - Football (@TheSunFootball) June 18, 2014
Fox Soccer Trax has more:
Neck brace on Martins Indi as he is carried off -- he hit the ground hard on shoulder, neck— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 18, 2014
Following the game, it was revealed that Martins Indi has a concussion (via Stefan Coerts of Goal.com):
It's been an eventful tournament for Martins Indi, though perhaps not in the way he would have expected. He was also headbutted in the first game by Diego Costa, a dark turn in a dark afternoon for Spain, which lost to the Dutch 5-1.
If Martins Indi is forced to miss significant time in this tournament, it will almost surely force a tactical switch from the Dutch. Against Australia, he was replaced by Memphis DePay, moving the Netherlands to a four-man back line.
The 3-4-1-2 and counter-attacking football had been effective for the Dutch. If Martins Indi's injury is as significant as it appeared it could be, the Dutch will be forced to adjust back to a 4-3-3 style they've historically employed.