Daniëlle van de Donk will not play for at least four months due to a muscle tear, her club Olympique Lyon announced on Thursday.

The midfielder sustained the injury during the Orange Women's World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic last Saturday.

Thirty-year-old Van de Donk has torn the anterior tibia muscle of her right leg.

The injury was diagnosed after the game against the Czech Republic (2-2).

The Dutchman was substituted in that game in the 73rd minute, after she had been responsible for the 1-1 just after the break.

Van de Donk already had surgery in the Netherlands on Tuesday and then started rehabilitation.

According to Olympique Lyon, Van de Donk will no longer be in action before April next year.

Next year's European Championship in England is not in danger for the 123-time international for the time being.

The Orange Women will play their first group match on July 9, and that should be more than enough for Van de Donk to recover.

It is questionable whether Van de Donk can play for the Orange Women during the next World Cup qualifiers.

The Netherlands will play against Cyprus on April 8 and against Belarus four days later.

Both matches are in their own country.

Van de Donk, who made her 32nd international goal against the Czech Republic, is chasing the Orange women for a ticket for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The group winner qualifies directly for that tournament, the number two goes into the play-offs.

Standings in group C World Cup qualification

  • 1. Netherlands 5-11 (+12)

  • 2. Iceland 3-6 (+7)

  • 3. Czech Republic 4-5 (+4)

  • 4. Belarus 3-4 (+1)

  • 5. Cyprus 5-1 (-24)

Danielle van de Donk after her goal against the Czech Republic.

Danielle van de Donk after her goal against the Czech Republic.

Photo: ANP

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