Netherlands Manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that several of his squad are suffering from flu symptoms ahead of their World Cup round of 16 tie against Manchester United. United States of america on Saturday.
Although all 26 players were given light training on Friday, Van Gaal is fearful of spreading the disease to the rest of the group.
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Asked to name how many players were affected and who were ill, Van Gaal told the NOS: “We are not going to elaborate. But if it circulates in the group, it is worrying. “
Van Gaal was then asked if he would have any team fit to play in America on Saturday. He replied that for his team struggling to field a team, it would mean 15 of the 26 would have to be sidelined.
“Not 15 either,” Van Gaal clarified. “In principle, everyone is fit and available.”
Although the team trained on Friday, they did not have their usual 11 vs 11 match.
Van Gaal said, “I gave him a rest day.” “With this group, they communicate with me. I listen to my players.”
This is not the first time that we have heard of teams battling with flu-like symptoms. Brazilian players mentioned this after the 1-0 win Switzerlandwith Antoine Blaming the Air Conditioning for Some of Your Players — Including neymar — Get ill.