Women's Euros: Netherlands captain Van Veenendaal to miss remainder of tournament

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Netherlands goalkeeper and captain Sari van Veenendaal has been ruled out of the remainder of the Women's Euro 2022 with a shoulder injury.

The 32-year-old sustained the injury during the reigning champions' opening Group C match against Sweden on Saturday, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

Netherlands head coach Mark Parsons said at the time that the injury "does not look good", and it was confirmed on Monday that Van Veenendaal will return home for treatment.

"It's terrible news," Parsons said. "First of all for Sari, of course, but also for our entire team.

"Sari is much more than a player of our selection. She is our captain and a very important leader. We will miss her very much."

PSV goalkeeper Van Veenendaal will be replaced in the squad by Feyenoord's Jacintha Weimar, who was named on the Netherlands' standby list.

It is the second blow in as many days for the Oranje after announcing on Sunday that midfielder Jackie Groenen is isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

Parsons' side are back in action against Portugal at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday.

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