Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal suffered a hip harm when he fell off his bicycle on Sunday however will have the ability to coach his group in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier towards Norway in Rotterdam.
Van Gaal, who was biking close to the group lodge when he fell and was taken to hospital for assessments, used a golf cart to conduct Monday’s coaching earlier than the Group G decider, the place the Dutch want a draw to seal a spot at subsequent yr’s finals in Qatar.
The 70-year-old additionally was unable to attend Monday’s pre-match press convention in particular person however made an look through video hyperlink, sitting in a wheelchair.
“Bodily I am not good, however the mind continues to be working. I am in numerous ache, that is why I used to be in a buggy throughout coaching,” Van Gaal informed reporters forward of the match, which is reside on Sky Sports activities.
“I can nonetheless do every little thing and have achieved all of the preparation that I usually would have.”
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk, who did seem on the press convention, stated the incident was “positively a shock”.
“We’re blissful that he can lead us and it hasn’t impacted a lot when it comes to the preparation. This morning he chaired an vital assembly and nonetheless guides us. Van Gaal continues to be eager to make it to the World Cup.”
Former Manchester United boss Van Gaal stated that he could be on the bench on Tuesday and anticipated the Dutch to win the sport and safe prime spot of their group.
They might have certified final Saturday at Montenegro however gave up two late targets and had been held 2-2 in a shock end result.
When Van Gaal was coach of AZ Alkmaar 2007, he broke a fibula and an ankle and likewise coached a number of coaching periods from the seat of a golf cart.