Max Caldas, Dutch Head Coach has suffered another blow, this time last minute,  having already lost Kelly Yonkers to injury recently in the Trophy squad . Voted joint world best player 2009 (along side Luciana Aymar that year ), the talented 27 year old Dutch international forward/midfielder Naomi van As is to play no part in the eight nations Rabo FIH Champions Trophy which stars next week in Amsterdam suburb of Amstelveen’s Wegener Stadium   25th June The Laren player has been strugglingwith an injury to her ankle and shin. Laren team mate Merel de Blaey  has been summoned to replace her.

Caldas's attempts to rebuild the national squad have been plagued with injuries


“Naomi has a slight injury to herankle and tibia due to overload,” said team Doctor Conny Bentum. “It’s not serious, and we hoped that with a week of relative calm it would be restored enough for her to play but , it is unfortunately not the case. Naomi now needs  absolute rest for one week and we expect that she  will then return to full fitness to prepare for the European Championship Then Champions Trophy has for Naomi come  a little too early”

The Dtuch will miss the strengths Naomi showed here in 2010 against this year's Trophy favourites Argentina.

After the Champions Trophy concludes a group of five players, including Van As, again will join  the  23 players Max Caldas has selected  as his squad for the European Championships to be played from 20th  to 28th  Augus in the Germany  in Mönchengladbach.

Naomi with the World Cup back in 2006 in Madrid


The  Netherlands can qualify at the European Championships for the 2012 Olympics in London where of course  England are guaranteed a slot as home nation but playing as Great Britain. It
has been a tough season in Holland with some of the great international Dutch players Ellen Hoog and Sophie Polkamp for example , suffering injuries in Hoofdklasse league club games
including broken bones requiring operations or long term problems, like Jonkers shoulder joint  requiring restorative  surgery . My report on Kelly Jonkers  KELLY

This shot of Kelly Jonkers from Nottingham 2010 might illustrate how she feels about missing out playing in the Trophy like Naomi.

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