Cillessen, along with fellow goalkeepers Maarten Stekelenburg and Tim Krul, was named to Frank de Boer’s final 26-man European Championship roster. Before being diagnosed with coronavirus last week, the Valencia star was set to start the first group game against Ukraine on June 13. He has now been replaced in the team by AZ’s Marco Bizot.
De Boer revealed why he dropped Cillessen ahead of the Netherlands’ forthcoming warm-up games against Scotland and Georgia, saying he couldn’t afford to take any chances with the 32-year-rehabilitation. old’s
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“This morning, I informed Jasper of my decision,” the head coach said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Let me begin by expressing that I think this is a terrible situation for Jasper. But I had no choice but to accept the risk. He has a history of testing positive for corona. As a result, he overlooked a crucial aspect of the planning. We don’t know how long it will take for him to be fully functional again.’ In that aspect, I don’t want to take any risk. We’re on the verge of a European Championship, and I’d want more assurance, but I believe it’s for Jasper.” I’m sorry for Jasper; I’m the one who has the most to do with it. However, I believe it is justified.” He’d never make it to the first game in the first place, and you have no idea what else it does to your body. I now have three healthy players to choose from.”
In Cillessen’s absence, Ajax goalkeeper Stekelenburg and Norwich City’s Krul are expected to compete for the number one spot, with Bizot slated to assume a back-up position.
Krul started all three of the Netherlands’ World Cup qualifying matches in March, while Stekelenburg had to make do with a bench position due to Cillessen’s injury.
The Oranje have been placed in Group C, with Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia, for this summer’s competition, which begins on June 11.
De Boer’s team will have four days to prepare for their match against Austria after their match against Ukraine, before finishing their group campaign against North Macedonia on June 21.