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Van Persie ruled out of World Cup Qualifier

Van Persie ruled out of World Cup Qualifier

Netherlands striker, Robin van Persie, would not play at the World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Amsterdam, on Monday, due to a knee injury, the Dutch football federation said on Friday.

Van Persie sustained the injury in a game against leaders France in Paris in the Group A qualifier on Thursday.

It was the 34-year-old’s first game for his country in almost two years.

The Dutch must also do without defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman on Monday after he was sent off against France. No replacements will be called up.

The Netherlands, World Cup runners-up in 2010 and third in 2014, must beat Bulgaria to stand any chance of keeping alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 finals.

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