World Football

Bruno Martins Indi Injury: Updates on Netherlands Star's Status and Return

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Bruno Martins Indi of the Netherlands is stretchered off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

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:

Fox Soccer Trax has more:

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.

 

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