Jasper Cillessen has to be operated on his upper leg, as became clear from a medical examination on Wednesday. The Valencia goalkeeper will go under the knife on Thursday and may be out of circulation for months.
The 31-year-old Cillessen suffered a muscle injury in his right thigh last Friday during a training of his club. Valencia makes no mention of the rehabilitation duration, but according to Spanish media he has been out for three to four months.
Due to his injury, the sixty-fold international signed up for the next three international matches for the Dutch national team. The team of national coach Frank de Boer will play a friendly game against Spain (Wednesday) and Nations League matches with Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sunday) and Poland (next Wednesday).
Cillessen was replaced at Orange by Justin Bijlow, but the keeper of Feyenoord also had to sign off injured. As a result, FC Twente goalkeeper Joël Drommel made his debut in the Orange selection.
The injury comes at a particularly unfortunate moment for Cillessen. According to Spanish media, he would have been given another chance under the bar at Valencia in the home game against Real Madrid (4-1 win) last Sunday.
The former Ajax player lost his starting place at Valencia to Jaume Doménech last season. He suffered an injury in the first three games of this season, but was also on the bench at his club in the five subsequent matches.
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