Van Persie pulls out of Dutch friendly squad

Van Persie pulls out of Dutch friendly squad

Published Feb. 7, 2011 11:40 a.m. ET

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has pulled out of the Netherlands squad for its friendly against Austria on Wednesday after going down with 'flu.

The Netherlands Football Union said Monday coach Bert van Marwijk called up FC Twente forward Luuk de Jong to replace Van Persie.

The Arsenal striker's absence is the latest setback for Van Marwijk. On Saturday, midfielders Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham and Nigel de Jong of Manchester City pulled out with injuries.

No replacement was called up for Van der Vaart or De Jong, who was set to make his international return after being dropped for three matches for a tackle that left Newcastle player Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg.


World Cup runner-up the Netherlands plays Austria in Eindhoven.