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Kevin Strootman out of Netherlands qualifiers with thigh injury

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Kevin Strootman was injured against AC Milan on Sunday.

Kevin Strootman is not fit to play in the Netherlands' final two World Cup qualifiers, dealing a blow to his country's chances of reaching next year's tournament in Russia.

The Dutch football association said on Wednesday that the Roma player has a thigh injury and will not be fit in time for Saturday's Group A match against Belarus in Borisov Arena or Tuesday's clash with Sweden in Amsterdam.

The Roma man was taken off injured in the first half of his side's 2-0 victory over 10-man AC Milan on Sunday.

The association indicated that coach Dick Advocaat will not call up a replacement for Strootman.

Roma said they will monitor Strootman on a "day-by-day basis'' after Wednesday's tests.

A statement on the club's official website read: "On Wednesday Kevin Strootman underwent medical tests which confirmed the after-effects of bruising in his left thigh, with the area between the quadriceps and the adductor muscles showing signs of significant muscle/fascia haematoma.

"Strootman has already begun a rehabilitation programme and his condition will be monitored on a day-by-day basis.''

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is expected to be out for up to 10 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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