Doctors are predicting that Netherlands defender Daley Blind will recover from injury and be ready for the European Championship, coach Frank de Boer said.
The 31-year-old was included on Friday in a provisional squad that De Boer named for the tournament despite not playing since March, when he hurt both his ankle and knee in a World Cup qualifying win over Gibraltar.
Blind had surgery to repair torn ankle ligaments, ruling him out of the rest of the Dutch league season, but is in line for a return next month.
“We assume that Daley will make it, given the forecasts of the doctors,” said De Boer. “He is also positive about it. But it may be that he is only available during the tournament, if he suffers a setback.”
Blind’s experience could be key for the Dutch in the tournament, where they are drawn against Austria, North…