Depay has trained with the Netherlands but is still a doubt for the World Cup opener

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Depay has trained with the Netherlands but is still a doubt for the World Cup opener

Dutch striker Memphis Depay has declared himself fit to play in the World Cup, allaying fears he could miss the tournament in Qatar, although he is unsure whether to start the first game on Monday (5 p.m.) against Senegal.

Depay, who has not played since his injury in selection September 24 in Poland (injury to the biceps femoris of the left thigh), trained Tuesday with the team, which organized a session just hours after arriving in Qatar for the tournament. “Training went very well. I could do everything I did in a match and only then can you go flat out for 90 minutes, over longer distances”he told reporters.

“I want to contribute, not to a match, but to the whole tournament”

Depay now has to wait and see if Louis van Gaal will risk starting him against Senegal in their Group A opener. he made it clear that he would make exceptions by picking Depay and his Barcelona colleague Frankie de Jong, who Van Gaal sees as the most essential players in the team.

Last week, the coach said Depay could start on the bench before stepping onto the pitch against Senegal. “It’s not really about whether I agree with the national coach”Depay said in response. “It’s about his vision, about what’s best for the team and for me. I want to contribute, not to one match, but to the whole tournament. I also have to be honest: sometimes I need a little protection from myself. »

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