Van Gaal reveals Strootman blow

  • Last Updated: March 10 2014, 14:31 GMT

Kevin Strootman's world will have collapsed after a knee injury ended his World Cup hopes, according to national team coach Louis van Gaal.

Injury heartache for Kevin Strootman
Injury heartache for Kevin Strootman

The Holland midfielder suffered the problem against Napoli on Sunday, with club side Roma still to give an official update on the 24-year-old's condition.

Reports have suggested a serious ligament injury, though, and Van Gaal is now planning to head to Brazil without Strootman.

He told his federation's official website: "This is dramatic for Kevin. I can imagine that his world has collapsed. Kevin stood with both his club AS Roma and with Oranje for a very important period.

"Kevin had a very big contribution to our qualification for the World Cup in Brazil. But the worst is for Kevin, who sees his dreams are shattered."

There is no doubt that the former PSV Eindhoven player would have been going to South America either, with Van Gaal having earlier described him as one of three "untouchable" players in his squad.

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A statement from Roma later read: "Kevin Strootman had an MRI scan this morning as he was examined by Professor Giuliano Cerulli.

"Tests showed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and there could also be damage to the meniscus.

"He will undergo surgery in the next few days."