Amsterdam — Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has not
recovered sufficiently from a groin injury to play in his country's crucial
final two qualifiers for next year's European Championships.
Robben picked up the injury in the Netherlands' 1-0 loss to
Iceland last month and has not played since. Coach Danny Blind on Friday called
up 20-year-old Ajax winger Anwar El-Ghazi as a possible replacement on the
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Iceland and the Czech Republic have already qualified from
Group A. After a disastrous qualifying campaign, the Netherlands is two points
adrift of third-place Turkey fighting for a playoff spot.
Blind also is missing defender Stefan de Vrij for the final
two qualifiers. The Dutch travel to Astana to play Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 and
take on the Czech Republic three days later in Amsterdam.For
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