Where is Frenkie de Jong?

The Netherlands wrap up their Group D campaign at Euro 2024 with the luxury of knowing they’ve already secured a spot in the knockout stage.

Their journey began with a narrow win over Poland. Ronald Koeman’s squad fell behind early to an Adam Buksa goal in Hamburg, but Cody Gakpo equalized with a deflected strike before super-sub Wout Weghorst clinched a 2-1 victory. A subsequent 0-0 draw with France, combined with other group results, guaranteed their place in the Round of 16, regardless of the outcome against Georgia.

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What makes this achievement even more impressive is that the Oranje have been performing without one of their key players. Frenkie de Jong, a linchpin for the Netherlands since his breakout at Ajax, has been notably absent. The 27-year-old Barcelona star, who earned his first of 54 international caps in September 2018 after the Netherlands missed the 2018 World Cup, has been a cornerstone in their three consecutive major tournament qualifications.

As Koeman’s squad continues their bid for glory in Germany, fans are left wondering about the whereabouts of de Jong and how his absence might impact the team’s aspirations.

 

What happened to Frenkie de Jong? Why isn’t Barcelona midfielder at Euro 2024?

Frenkie de Jong’s 2023/24 season was marred by injuries, limiting him to just 20 LaLiga appearances for Barcelona. His troubles culminated in the Blaugrana’s 3-2 Clasico defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid on April 21, where he exited before halftime due to his third ankle setback of the campaign. Since then, de Jong has not played competitive football.

Despite joining his Netherlands teammates and being named in Ronald Koeman’s provisional squad for Euro 2024, de Jong left the squad after their final 4-0 warmup victory over Iceland.

“He won’t be fit enough to play at this level for the next three weeks,” Koeman stated. “There’s no point keeping him with us.”

The Dutch FA (KNVB) further clarified de Jong’s condition, noting that tests “showed that the ankle is not yet sufficiently resilient.”