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16th Nov 2021

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal in ‘a lot of pain’ after falling off bicycle

Callum Boyle

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The Netherlands boss coached his training session on Monday from a golf cart after suffering the injury on Sunday

Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal suffered a hip injury after he fell off his bicycle on Sunday (14 November).

Van Gaal was present for the Dutch’s final training session before their Group G World Cup qualifier against Norway in Rotterdam on Tuesday night – where a draw is needed to secure their place in Qatar.

Louis Van Gaal injury.

Due to the injury, the experienced manager was unable to take the session as normal and was forced to coach his side’s Monday training session from a golf cart.

The Guardian has reported that the 70-year-old was taken to hospital for further tests after he fell off the bike near the Holland team hotel.

Van Gaal press conference.

Van Gaal was also able to take his press conference, however, he was unable to conduct it in-person and was in a wheelchair for the video call, admitting that he is ‘in a lot of pain’ from the fall.

“Physically I’m not good, but the brain is still working,” the former Manchester United boss said.

“I’m in a lot of pain, that’s why I was in a buggy during training. I can still do everything and have done all the preparation that I normally would have.”

Netherlands captain Virgil Van Dijk described the situation as ‘a shock’ but was relieved to know that his manager would be in the dugout for their final group game.

Netherlands need a draw

Van Dijk said: “We are happy that he can lead us and it hasn’t impacted much in terms of the preparation.

“This morning he chaired an important meeting and still guides us.

“Van Gaal is still keen to make it to the World Cup.”

Despite the injury, there did seem to be a relatively light side to the conference as one journalist asked Van Gaal to go into more detail about his injury.

When describing the extent of the injury and asking if the journalists could understand, Van Dijk could be seen laughing away as Van Gaal spoke via a television screen on a video call.

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