Louis van Gaal ahead of the Netherlands' clash with the USMNT. Dec 2, 2022; Doha, QATAR; Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal speaks during a press conference at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, the Netherlands will take on the U.S. in this year’s FIFA World Cup Round of 16. But before getting to that match, it looks like the Dutch have another hurdle to clear. Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal said in a news conference Friday (seen above) that several members of his team are battling the flu:

A report from Dutch media outlet Sportwereld indicates star midfielder Frenkie de Jong may be one of the impacted players:

When U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter was asked about this, he said much of the U.S. staff also had flu-like symptoms earlier in this tournament:

It’s unclear how much of an impact this will have on Saturday’s match, if any. We don’t know how serious these flu symptoms are, or how they’ll affect players’ on-pitch performance. (And outstanding performances even amidst flu-like symptoms certainly have happened in sports, although the origin of the issue for some of those can be debated.) But, as van Gaal said, there certainly are some concerns here for the Dutch, particularly if this spreads throughout their team.

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