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Netherlands boss admits Danielle van de Donk absence will hurt Oranje

Danielle van de Donk received her second yellow card of the tournament during the match against South Africa missing the Oranje’s next match.

Netherlands manager Andries Jonker acknowledged that Danielle van de Donk’s absence will be significant as she serves a suspension for the World Cup quarter-final match against Spain.

The 32-year-old Lyon midfielder will not participate in the upcoming match on Friday in Wellington. She received her second yellow card of the tournament in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over South Africa in Sydney.

Having started in all four games so far, Van de Donk’s absence is something Jonker is well aware could potentially have a substantial impact on his team.

Asked how significant a loss she will be, he told FIFA.com: “Big. Danielle is an extremely experienced player. She has over 140 caps, is a European champion, World Cup finalist.

“Not playing in this match, with her specific qualities that are really useful to the team, is a real shame for her but also for the team.”

Jonker, who previously assisted Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and also served as the academy director at Arsenal, became the Netherlands boss last year. He aims to lead the nation to a second consecutive World Cup final, following their defeat by the United States four years ago.

He said: “This is one of the matches in your career that you will never forget because when you win, you are one of the final four, so it’s important.“It’s my first World Cup as head coach, so it’s a special match, as I’ve seen many in my career. You are not going to forget that, so it is rather special, yes.”

Jonker said: “It’s a real joy to work with these girls. I love working with people who try and get the best out of themselves and each other. And that’s what this group does, so yes, I’m doing this with great pleasure.

We’re not going home yet.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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