Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong will likely miss the rest of the World Cup with a groin tear, the team announced Tuesday.
De Jong started the Round of 16 clash against Mexico, but had to be subbed off after only nine minutes.
The injury will keep him off the pitch for two to four weeks – he could possibly make it back into the lineup if the Netherlands make it to the World Cup final, but it’s unlikely he’ll be match fit.
Two very late goals gave the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico. The Dutch will play Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on Saturday (CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup, 4 p.m. ET).
De Jong expressed his disappointment in a tweet, saying he'll work hard on his recovery.
Devastated with the news about my injury. Sadly enough this is part of the sport as well. Will work hard on my recovery now and keep hope 👊— Nigel de Jong (@NDJ_Official) July 1, 2014