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Injury concern

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong's World Cup appears to be over after tests confirmed he has a tear in his groin muscle and will be sidelined for two-four weeks.

The Dutch football association said that an MRI scan revealed the injury, almost certainly ruling one of the Dutch team's top performers out of the tournament.

The 29-year-old AC Milan midfielder limped off the field in the ninth minute of the Netherlands' 2-1 comeback win against Mexico on Monday in the second round.

After the match, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said the injury looked serious and that de Jong's absence would be a "blood-letting" for the team.

De Jong has been in outstanding form in Brazil, dominating the midfield with tough, well-timed tackles and helping create a platform for the front pair of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.





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