Netherlands midfielder Strootman (ACL) likely out for World Cup

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.
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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.

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