The Dutch national team has to do without Ryan Babel on Wednesday in the last group match of the Nations League, away from Poland. The attacker is the only one of the selection infected with the corona virus and will not board the plane on Tuesday.
Babel left the Orange training camp on Sunday for the game with Bosnia and Herzegovina (3-1 win), because he had complaints and tested positive in a quick test. He also turned out positive on Monday in a PCR test conducted among players and staff.
National coach Frank de Boer said after the meeting with Bosnia that it was uncertain whether Babel would return to the group, but that he kept hope because the results of a quick test in the past were often incorrect.
De Boer does not call for a replacement, so the selection for the game with Poland consists of 22 players. Jasper Cillessen, Justin Bijlow, Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Aké, Marten de Roon and Steven Bergwijn are not there due to injuries.
The Netherlands still has a chance to become first in the group, just like last year, and thus qualify for the final round of the Nations League. As number two, the Orange is one point behind leader Italy, which is visiting Bosnia.
Poland-Netherlands starts on Wednesday at 8.45 p.m. in the Slaski stadium in Chorsów. The Poles may be missing star player Robert Lewandowski. The striker is suffering from a buttock injury, according to Polish media. The kick-off in Bosnia-Italy is also at 8.45 p.m.
Standings in Group A of Division A in Nations League:
- 1. Italy 5-9 (+3)
- 2. Netherlands 5-8 (+2)
- 3. Poland 5-7 (+1)
- 4. Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-2 (-5)
View the program, the results and the standings in the Nations League