Frenkie de Jong to miss Netherlands’ opening Euro 2024 qualifiers

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The Netherlands will be without Frenkie de Jong when they open their Euro 2024 qualification campaign against France in Paris.

Frenkie de Jong will play no part in the Netherlands’ two opening Euro 2024 qualifiers due to injury.

The Barcelona midfielder played the full 90 minutes as the Blaugrana beat Real Madrid 2-1 in El Clasico on Sunday to move 12 points clear at the top of LaLiga.

But he was left with “upper leg complaints”, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) said, leading to his withdrawal from the Oranje squad for their upcoming matches.

Ajax striker Steven Bergwijn also had to withdraw with a knee injury.

PSV midfielder Joey Veerman and Borussia Dortmund’s Donyell Malen were selected by Ronald Koeman as their respective replacements.

The Netherlands open their campaign against France in Paris on Friday before hosting Gibraltar in De Kuip three days later.

Friday’s trip to France will be the first game of Koeman’s second spell in charge.

The former Barcelona boss was confirmed as the Oranje’s new head coach ahead of last year’s World Cup, with Louis van Gaal presiding over their run to the quarter-finals in Qatar 2022.

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