De Jong out of World Cup qualifiers

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PSV striker Luuk de Jong will miss the Netherlands' World Cup qualifying games against Belarus and France through injury.

The Dutch club announced via their website on Monday that a head injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Heerenveen last weekend has forced the player to withdraw from the national team for the next two games, with older brother Siem called in to replace him.

The statement read: "Luuk de Jong has pulled out of the Netherlands squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying games against Belarus and France.

"PSV’s striker up front sustained a head injury in an aerial challenge with SC Heerenveen defender Jerry St. Juste on Saturday night.

"Netherlands coach Danny Blind has now called up Siem de Jong [who is also at PSV, on loan from Newcastle United], for the first time since 2014, to replace his brother. Luuk de Jong scored two goals in six appearances for the Oranje."

"I did not think it would come so soon. But this was a goal when I went to PSV," the elder De Jong told the AD website.

Blind has, meanwhile, also had to replace Feyenoord winger Steven Berghuis with Manchester United's Memphis Depay.

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