De Jong Questions His Readiness for Euro 2024 Due to Fitness Concerns

Frenkie de Jong’s participation in the Netherlands’ first match at Euro 2024 remains uncertain as he battles an ankle injury.

Despite the setback, Ronald Koeman has named De Jong in his 26-player roster for the upcoming championship, though he hasn’t played for Barcelona since mid-April.

This past season saw De Jong making only 30 appearances across all formats, with Barcelona trailing behind Real Madrid in LaLiga and bowing out at the quarter-finals in the Champions League.

Although he has rejoined the national team, De Jong has not yet participated in team drills, focusing instead on solo recovery routines.

During a solo training session on Sunday, De Jong shared with journalists, “I’m not in shape yet, and uncertainties about my ankle persist. It’s not about pain but proper recovery to avoid chronic issues.”

“Currently, I’m engaged in solitary physiotherapy and rehabilitation workouts,” he added.

“Patience is vital. The recovery’s progress will determine when I can sync up with the squad again,” remarked De Jong, reflecting on his gradual comeback.

When probed about his readiness for the opening game against Poland on June 16, he responded, “Predicting my return is tricky. The timing of my recovery is still up in the air.”

“It’s tough to forecast my availability for the opener; the situation remains fluid,” he concluded.

Euro 2024 marks the Netherlands’ 11th appearance in this prominent UEFA tournament. They clinched the title previously in Germany in 1988, defeating the Soviet Union in the final.

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