Maduro: De Jong not to blame for injury
Hedwiges Maduro has said that there is no bad blood between him and Dutch international team-mate Luuk de Jong after De Jong's tackle ruled him out of the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden.
Maduro, 26, sustained an ankle injury in the training-ground collision with FC Twente forward De Jong. Describing the incident, Maduro told telegraaf.nl: "He (De Jong) could not help it, it was pure (bad) luck.
"It was an unfortunate duel with Luuk. He wanted to get the ball, but I was faster and this left my left ankle hooked between his legs. I felt the joint make a double 'clap', so I'm worried that there is damage, but hopefully not that bad."
Maduro, who offers Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk options across defence and also in midfield, joins Mark van Bommel and Maarten Stekelenburg in missing out on the qualifiers to be played on Friday and next Tuesday. The Netherlands have already ensured qualification for next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.
Van Marwijk has drafted in Feyenoord defender Ron Vlaar to replace Maduro. Vlaar told telegraaf.nl: "I had taken my son Shane swimming and when I got back to the dressing room I saw a missed call from team manager Hans Jorritsma and I had an inkling.
"Of course I realise that I have only been called up because of injuries to others. But I think the selection is great, it had not been expected. It feels very positive, I can do something with it. I am there and can bring my experience back to Feyenoord."