The Dutch handball players have to miss quite a few players later this month during the three-country tournament in Croatia, the start of the preparation for the Olympic Games.

Seven players miss the games against Croatia and Brazil because they have to be quarantined.

Rinka Duijndam, Kelly Dulfer, Merel Freriks, Laura van der Heijden, Yara ten Holte, Inger Smits and Danick Snelder participated in the match between the German clubs Borussia Dortmund and SG BBM Bietigheim.

After that game everyone had to be quarantined.

National coach Emmanuel Mayonnade has called up Tamara Haggerty, Harma van Kreij, Anouk Nieuwenweg, Claudia Rompen and Maxime Struijs as replacements.

It means that the Dutch selection will shrink from eighteen to sixteen players.

Yvette Broch and Estavana Polman, among others, belong to the group that makes the trip to Croatia.

Broch is back at Oranje after years of absence and Polman makes her return after a serious knee injury.

The Dutch squad will play against host country Croatia in the three-country tournament on April 14 and will meet Brazil a day later.

After the tournament there will be a number of days of training at Papendal;

the seven players who miss the tournament may also rejoin.

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