Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Nigel De Jong starts for the Netherlands in their semi-final against Argentina (via Marcus Christenson of The Guardian):
#NED make a change: De Jong is off and Clasie is on— AS English (@English_AS) July 9, 2014
Van Persie plays: Cillessen; Kuijt, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Blind; De Jong, Sneijder, Wijnaldum; Robben, Van Persie.— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) July 9, 2014
De Jong was later subbed off in the second half (via AS):
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
The Dutch Football Twitter feed has the latest on Nigel de Jong's status for the Netherlands match against Argentina:
Nigel de Jong could be fit for tomorrow's clash against Argentina after a quick recovery from a groin injury. #NED— Dutch Football (@football_oranje) July 8, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Bleacher Report's Elko Born has bad news regarding De Jong's injury:
It's been confirmed: Nigel de Jong will miss the rest of the World Cup. There's a rupture in his groin muscle. Huge blow for Holland.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 29
Elko Born reported on Nigel De Jong's injury following the Netherlands' victory over Mexico:
Nigel de Jong has suffered a groin-injury. It is expected he won't be able to play again this World Cup. Huge loss for Holland.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) June 29, 2014
The Netherlands' 2014 World Cup chances suffered a massive blow during Sunday's match against Mexico, as Nigel De Jong was forced to leave the pitch with an injury within the first 10 minutes of their round-of-16 match.
BBC's Ben Smith shared the news, as the powerful midfielder was substituted by Bruno Martins Indi, who had only just returned to first-team action following a concussion:
Nigel De Jong injured and off for Holland. On comes Bruno Martins Indi— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 29, 2014
De Jong seemed to suffer a muscle problem, and it looked like the heat certainly did its part as the Dutch team decided to have a very short warm-up to keep their players fresh.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan thought losing De Jong would be a devastating loss for the Netherlands:
De Jong limping out would be huge loss for Holland.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) June 29, 2014
The central midfielder is one of the team's most experienced players, and his physical presence on the pitch is vital to Louis van Gaal's 5-3-2 formation. Without the injured Kevin Strootman, De Jong was responsible for doing much of the Dutch's dirty work all on his own.
De Jong's absence means Daley Blind will move forward from his full-back spot, while Martins Indi will slide into the back line, per Duncan Castles of The Sunday Times:
El Tri look far more comfortable playing in the scorching heat the teams are facing on Sunday, putting heavy pressure on a young Dutch team struggling to get a grip in midfield. Losing De Jong won't help those struggles, and the favourites from Europe could be in some very serious trouble as this match progresses.