Nigel de Jong will travel with the Holland squad for their upcoming qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden, but will play no part in either game.
Holland coach Bert Van Marwijk has expressed his disappointment at the way de Jong tackled Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa in Manchester City’s win over Newcastle on Saturday.
“It was a wild an unnecessary offfence,” said Van Marwijk, “I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit.”
De Jong faced media scrutiny for a similar offence in the World Cup final when he shoved his studs through Xabi Alonso’s chest, but some may see Van Marwijk’s comments as a little hypocritical considering the way his team played throughout the World Cup.
Holland picked up 24 yellow cards and one red card in the World Cup finals and Moldova will be in for a tough game when the two meet in Chisinau on Friday.
Holland are 1/5 to win the match but the value in the betting odds market will appear in the total bookings market which will be available later in the week.
Rafael Van der Vaart or Demy de Zeeuw will replace de Jong in the centre of midfield and the World Cup finalists are understandably overwhelming favourites to win.
Moldova are 12/1 to win at home but you can get 4/9 that Holland are winning at half time and at full time.
It’s not the first time de Jong has broken the leg of an opposition player, the Dutchman broke Stuart Holden’s leg when the USA hosted Holland in a friendly last March.
11/2 is available for Moldova to hold Holland to a draw. See the full Moldova vs Holland match football betting odds market here.