The Hague - Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart on Wednesday became the
third Dutch player to be ruled out of the Soccer World Cup through injury.
midfielder Van der Vaart, who has 109 international caps, hurt his
right calf at the Netherlands' training camp in Portugal.
medical tests Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirmed van der Vaart would
miss the finals in Brazil, according to Dutch magazine Voetbal
Van der Vaart, 31, joins Roma midfielder
Kevin Strootman (knee) and Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der
Wiel (tendinitis) on the sidelines with injuries.
midfielder had been set to possibly eclipse Frank de Boer's record
number of appearances for an outfield player (112) in Brazil.
der Vaart featured at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when the
Netherlands lost to Spain in the final. He also played in the 2006
His absence means there are now just seven members from the 2010 team left in Van Gaal's provisional squad.
der Vaart's exclusion likely means Wesley Sneijder will be included in
the final 23-man squad despite Van Gaal having previously expressed
doubts as to the condition of the Galatasaray playmaker.
Sneijder and PSV Eindhoven captain Georginio Wijnaldum are expected to compete for the No 10 role at the tournament.
The Dutch are in Group B at the World Cup along with defending champions Spain, Chile and Australia.