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Arjen Robben pulls out of Netherlands team for key qualifier

Injured Arjen Robben pulls out of Netherlands team to play Turkey in key Euro 2016 qualifier

Arjen Robben pulls out of Netherlands team for key qualifier

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Injured Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has pulled out of the Netherlands squad for a key European Championship qualifier against Turkey and a friendly against Spain.

Robben, who has been in stand-out form for club and country, was substituted in the 24th minute of Bayern's 2-0 home defeat Sunday to Borussia Moenchengladbach with a stomach muscle injury.

He had been due to gather with the rest of the Netherlands team Monday, but told coach Guus Hiddink he could not make the trip.

Hiddink did not immediately call up a replacement.

The Netherlands, third in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A after four matches, takes on fourth-placed Turkey on Saturday at the Amsterdam Arena and meets Spain three days later at the same venue.


Updated : 2021-01-16 01:50 GMT+08:00