Netherlands without Depay for Belarus qualifier

By Jamie Smith 12 October 2019 38
Netherlands without Depay for Belarus qualifier

Memphis Depay will miss Netherlands' European Championship qualifier against Belarus due to injury.

The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) confirmed Depay's absence in a statement on Friday.

Lyon forward Depay scored twice as Ronald Koeman's side came from behind to beat Northern Ireland last time out.

That win in Rotterdam means Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Germany each have 12 points in Group C, but Koeman will be without the 25-year-old for Sunday's trip to Minsk.

"Memphis Depay will not be traveling with the Dutch national team to Belarus tomorrow," the KNVB said. 

"The Lyon attacker, who was twice on target against Northern Ireland in Rotterdam, is struggling with thigh complaints."

Koeman has not called up a replacement, so he will take a squad of 22 players into the Belarus game.

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