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Wesley Sneijder Injury: Updates on Netherlands Star's Hamstring and Return

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09: Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

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:

The Mirror Football Twitter account had a slightly more sarcastic take on the injury:

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:

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.


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