Stefanie van der Gragt has to pass the European Championship qualifiers of the Orange women with Slovenia and Russia. The defender undergoes surgery on her knee, her club FC Barcelona reported Friday.
27-year-old Van der Gragt was injured last Wednesday in the return of Barcelona against Juventus (2-1 win) in the sixteenth finals of the Champions League. She dropped out early in the second half.
It is not known exactly how long Van der Gragt will be out of circulation, but at least next week she will miss the international matches for the Orange Women as a result of the operation.
In addition to Van der Gragt, national coach Sarina Wiegman has to compete against Slovenia and Russia without Shanice van de Sanden, Jackie Groenen, Lieke Martens and Kika van Es. Van de Sanden suffers from an ankle injury and Greens is recovering from an upper injury.
Martens has been missing for a long time. The player of FC Barcelona is still rehabilitating the toe injury she sustained during the World Cup in France, where the Dutch team finished second. Van Es underwent surgery on her knee in July and only made playing minutes again last weekend.
Orange women in the lead in European Championship qualification group
The Netherlands will play against Slovenia on 4 October. Four days later the opponent is in the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven Russia.
The Orange women, after victories over Estonia (0-7) and Turkey (3-0), are at the top of the group A of the European Championship qualification. The group winners of the total of nine groups and the three best numbers two directly qualified for the European Championship of 2021 in England. The remaining numbers two play play-offs.