Vivianne Miedema’s call-up to the Dutch national team was a big surprise. The 27-year-old striker’s name appeared on Monday’s list for the two games against Scotland in the UEFA Nations League. Andries Jonker explained his decision.
Vivianne Miedema tore her anterior cruciate ligament in December during the UEFA Champions League match against Olympique Lyonnais. Because of this, she was left out of the Women’s World Cup that took place in Australia and New Zealand. The return to the pitch is close for Vivianne Miedema.
“The chance of her playing against Scotland later this month is very slim. But in consultation with the Arsenal manager and Vivianne Miedema herself, we thought this was the best option. At Arsenal, all the players left for their respective national teams. Then she would train with about three players. In the Dutch team, she will be able to complete a full week of training” said Andries Jonker.
Still, Andries Jonker left the door ajar for Vivianne Miedema’s first appearance in the Dutch national team after thirteen months. If training goes well, returning remains a serious option.
“Maybe she can play a few minutes” said Andries Jonker.
For the UEFA Nations League, the Dutch team will play against Scotland on Friday, October 27, and the second game will be four days later.