Nigel De Jong set to miss quarter-final

AC Milan's Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong celebrates at full time during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Celtic and AC Milan at Celtic Park in Glasgow on November 26, 2013
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Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal says that Nigel De Jong is unlikely to play in the country's World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has said that Nigel De Jong is unlikely to play in his side's World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The AC Milan midfielder was forced off the pitch with an injury less than 10 minutes into his side's 2-1 victory against Mexico.

"De Jong had a small groin strain and I was forced to substitute him," Van Gaal told reporters.

"I don't know if he will be available for the quarter-final, though to be honest it's very unlikely he will be able to play the next match.

"He is one of my most important players, so this is an enormous loss for us."

The Netherlands will face Costa Rica in the next round.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014
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