Dutch winger Lieke Martens has been eliminated from Euro 2022 after a foot injury ended her participation early.
The 29-year-old, who signed for Paris St. Germain earlier in the summer, suffered from the problem in Sunday’s 4-1 Group C win against Switzerland.
A statement on the Netherlands’ official website read: “Lieke Martens sustained a foot injury in the game against Switzerland. After investigations it turned out that she can no longer use this EM.
“Martens will leave the training camp on Tuesday evening. A replacement cannot be called.”
The news was a fresh blow to head coach Mark Parsons, whose plans have been repeatedly disrupted by Covid-19 and injuries.
Star striker Vivianne Miedema has not played since the first round after testing positive, while midfielder Jackie Groenen missed the 3-2 win over Portugal after self-isolating and defender Aniek Nouwen sat out the game with an ankle injury.
Parsons, who had already lost goalkeeper and skipper Sari van Veenendaal for the tournament due to a shoulder problem, said: “This is terrible news for Lieke and for us. She gave her heart to the team at this tournament.
“It is very unfortunate that their EM has to end like this.”
The Netherlands meet France in the quarter-finals at Rotherham’s New York Stadium on Saturday night.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/netherlands-paris-st-germain-vivianne-miedema-france-portugal-b2126841.html Lieke Martens is eliminated from Euro 2022 after another bad luck injury for the Netherlands