Liverpool’s Dutch forward Ryan Babel has been ruled out of Euro 2008 after tearing ankle ligaments in training this morning.
Scans showed the extent of the injury and Babel was given the devastating news that he would be out of action for weeks.
Dutch coach Marco van Basten will be entitled to call up a replacement on the condition Babel’s injury is confirmed by a UEFA medic.
Liverpool’s club doctor Mark Waller will be in touch with the player as soon as possible to discuss treatment aimed at getting him ready if at all possible for pre-season training in 6 weeks’ time.
Babel played in eleven of Holland’s twelve qualifiers and was hopeful of playing a big role in their shot at the title, which begins against Italy on June 9th.
The Netherlands side play their final friendly ahead of the tournament tomorrow, when they host Wales in Rotterdam. Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt is expected to make an appearance after scoring in his last start for Holland, a game Babel also scored in. Kuyt was a 65th minute sub in the 1-1 draw with Denmark on Thursday.