The Netherlands have been dealt a serious blow to their hopes of finishing in third place at this year's World Cup, as star midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been ruled out due to injury, according to Eurosport on Twitter:
BREAKING: Wesley Sneijder has pulled his hamstring in the warm-up and will be replaced by Jonathan de Guzmán https://t.co/YkbpDeqUba— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) July 12, 2014
The Mirror Football Twitter account had a slightly more sarcastic take on the injury:
Sneijder: "Oh no, boss. I appear to have pulled my, er... leg. Gosh, I really wanted to play this important match." http://t.co/JK5WXYtj21— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 12, 2014
It's hard to blame them. According to David Kent of the Daily Mail, Netherlands' manager Louis van Gaal already said earlier in the week that, "This match should never be played. I’ve been saying that for 10 years—it’s unfair."
Per Jack Lang of the Mirror, however, Sneijder in no way seemed pleased:
Sneijder limping and holding leg in warm-up. Doesn't look happy. #NED— Jack Lang (@snap_kaka_pop) July 12, 2014
His loss is a major blow for the Dutch, obviously, and his injury will now be closely monitored by his club, Galatasaray, as their season will be in full swing a month from now.
The veteran midfielder is one of the Turkish side's most important players, so the hope will be that his hamstring injury is a tweak that has resulted from the rigors of the World Cup, and nothing more serious than that.