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Can Memphis Depay bounce back stronger after this injury, or is this a sign of decline?

The Dutch went from ecstasy to exasperation in a snap during their coveted semi-final game against England. Courtesy of a controversial VAR call, English skipper Harry Kane equalized Xavi Simmons’ screamer off a spot kick. In the end, England advanced to the final to face Spain. As if this was not enough, the Netherlands star striker Memphis Depay went down in the 35th minute, forcing coach Ronaldo Koeman to immediately substitute him and send midfielder Joey Veerman to the field.

What has happened to the Dutch #10? We have you covered. Per the French publication, Foot Mercato, Memphis Depay, was called back because of a probable muscle injury to his thigh. The Dutchman has notably been prone to injuries lately.

The Atletico Madrid striker missed a staggering 28 games for club and country solely in the 2023-24 season because of a muscle injury. He also notably picked a knock on his hamstring in April and sat out Atletico Madrid’s important UEFA Champions League knockouts against Borussia Dortmund.

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It remains to be seen if the 30-year-old’s hamstring problem has returned or just a knock to his thigh. Notably, Depay did not take an abrasive tackle from a rival English defender. He stopped dead during play after experiencing severe pain. After introducing a midfielder like Veerman to replace Depay, the Dutch squad went through drastic shuffling and ultimately crashed out of the UEFA Euro.

The Netherlands bid farewell to the UEFA Euros in Memphis Depay’s absence

Though the Dutch rapidly found momentum with Xavi Simons’ early strike, their attack plummeted as the game progressed. Koeman’s men only made a poor two attempts on goal against England’s five. Clearly, a downfall induced by Memphis Depay’s absence and the drastic reshuffle that followed.

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The English camp, on the other hand, replaced their captain and goalscorer Harry Kane with Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins. Watkins’ arrival was indeed one for the books. At the death, the Villa man showed big with a clutch strike that ousted the Oranje and set England up for a meeting with Spain in the Euro finale.

Only the newest updates from the Dutch entourage will give a clear picture of Depay’s injury situation. There is perhaps a chance for Atletico Madrid attacker to again miss out on the ace striker’s services in the upcoming season.

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Depay did make a tremendous impact on the Netherlands’ decent run at the Euros. Having played 461 minutes in all six of the Netherlands’ games, Depay bagged one goal and one assist in the UEFA Euro 2024. Therefore, can he return from injury?