Holland call up Tonny Vilhena after hamstring injury makes Wesley Sneijder doubtful for France game

  • Wesley Sneijder is a major doubt for World Cup qualifier against France
  • 32-year-old Sneijder sustained his injury in the 4-1 victory over Belarus 
  • Holland have called up Tonny Vilhena for match in Amsterdam on Monday  
  • Vilhena scored in Feyenoord’s Europa League win over Manchester United 

Tonny Vilhena has been called into the Holland squad for the key World Cup qualifier against France on Monday as cover for captain Wesley Sneijder who looks likely to miss the match in Amsterdam.

Sneijder, 32, hobbled off at half-time in the 4-1 win over Belarus in Rotterdam on Friday with a hamstring injury. 

‘I think the chance that Sneijder will be with us on Monday is very small,’ coach Danny Blind told reporters of his injury-prone skipper. 

Tonny Vilhena will hope to be given the chance to impress Holland manager Danny Blind

‘The time for him to heal is very short. The chance that he is there [against France] is minimal. It’s another injury.

‘With Davy Propper, Jordy Clasie and Siem de Jong, I’ve got enough midfielders in the group that can replace him.


‘But maybe I’ll get someone else there that deserves it.’

Sneijder, however, said he was still hopeful of recovering in time. The 21-year-old Vilhena, who plays for Feyenoord and scored against Manchester United in the Europa League victory last month, has one international cap. 

The Dutch are already without injured winger Arjen Robben for the Group A game.

Sneijder played in his side’s comfortable 4-1 victory over Belarus in Rotterdam on Friday night

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