Netherlands midfielder Strootman (ACL) likely out for World Cup

Photo: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Netherlands and AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman can't hide his emotion after suffering a knee injury that will almost definitely rule him out of the World Cup.

AMSTERDAM (AP) - In a severe blow to the Netherlands' World Cup hopes, midfielder Kevin Strootman looks certain to miss the World Cup because of a serious knee injury.

AS Roma says the 24-year-old Strootman will undergo surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's 1-0 loss at Napoli.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says the news ''is terrible for Kevin. I can imagine his world is falling apart at the moment.''

He adds that Strootman's loss ''is also a blood-letting for the Netherlands team.''

Strootman has played 25 times for the Dutch national side as a midfield enforcer, scoring three times. He was one of only a handful of players virtually guaranteed a place in Van Gaal's World Cup squad.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

More Soccer


Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.


Click the share icon to bookmark us.