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De Jong returns to training with Netherlands ahead of Euro 2024

Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch (left) and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong (centre) take part in a training session with the Netherlands national team as they prepare for Euro 2024 at the KNVB campus in Zeist Part of the Championship June 9, 2024.

Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch (left) and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong (centre) take part in a training session with the Netherlands national team as they prepare for Euro 2024 at the KNVB campus in Zeist Part of the Championship June 9, 2024. Image source: AFP

Frenkie de Jong has returned to training, head coach Ronald Koeman said on Sunday, providing a boost for the Netherlands ahead of their first game at the European Championships.

The playmaking midfielder, who is believed to be keen on Netherlands’ World Cup hopes in Germany, joined the rest of the squad for the first time on Sunday after training individually last week.

De Jong has been hampered by an ankle injury this season and has not played since April.

“He took part in training but we kept him away from any contact,” Koeman told a news conference ahead of Monday’s final warm-up match against Iceland in Rotterdam.

“There is a possibility that Frenkie will not be able to play in the first game,” Koeman said.

“But we could wait until the second or third game. It’s possible. Even if he can’t play the first two games, we’ll stick with him. But if it looks like he’s going to miss the whole group stage, I might have to reconsider his options.

Any injury replacements in the 26-man squad finalized on Friday must be completed before the Netherlands’ first Group D game against Poland in Hamburg next Sunday.

When talking about the Dutch team’s fitness situation before the game, Koeman said: “A lot of players took some rest at the end of the season and regained their energy.

“Some players were not ready to play the full 90 minutes, but we were able to train well.

“We need to relax the reins in time to recover and start the first game,” the coach added.

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