Louis van Gaal is’ in a lot of pain ‘after fracturing his hip in a bicycle accident, but the Dutch coach is confident that he will be able to handle his crucial qualifying for the World Cup TOMORROW, as’ the training is verbal and you do it with your brain ‘, despite having trained in a golf cart
- Louis van Gaal broke a hip bone after falling off his bike on Sunday
- He is using a wheelchair to get around and supervised training on a golf cart.
- The Netherlands coach hopes to be present for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with Norway
Louis van Gaal may have fractured his hip, but the Dutch coach is determined to be on the sidelines Tuesday night as they seek to secure World Cup qualification.
The 70-year-old was injured after falling off his bike while returning to the team’s hotel after training Sunday night.
As a result, the former Manchester United manager, who underwent a hip replacement on the other leg in 2012, now uses a wheelchair to get around after the incident.
Louis van Gaal supervised Holland’s training on Monday in a golf cart after fracturing his hip
He suffered the injury Sunday after falling off his bike after riding his bike home after training.
The Dutch coach was led by coach Henk Fraser at his Zamp training camp on Monday
Van Gaal managed to supervise the Dutch training session on Monday after coach Henk Fraser led him through practice in a golf buggy while his other assistant, Danny Blind, warmed up.
And speaking of his own ailment, Van Gaal admitted that he is dealing with severe pain, but will do his best to take over his final qualification against Norway in Rotterdam.
“Physically not doing well, I’m in a lot of pain,” Van Gaal said in a video call on Monday after his wheelchair failed to walk through the door to allow him to take the press conference normally.
That is why I am in a wheelchair. There is a fracture in a bone.
‘I can do everything [coaching], because my brain works. And there are resources that are available.
It doesn’t seem natural, I get it. But I think coaching is verbal and you do it with your brain.
‘Convince the team with your presentation. I did everything I would normally do. ‘
Van Gaal has been told that he does not need an operation but just has to rest and when he tried to explain his injury to journalists on Monday it caused some amusement for Captain Virgil van Dijk as reporters did not follow the description of the first.
However, with the Netherlands knowing that a victory will guarantee their first appearance in a World Cup final next year since 2014, Van Gaal will do everything he can to ensure that happens under his supervision.
They currently top Group G, but are just two points ahead of Turkey and Norway in their last match.
The Netherlands could drop to third place and miss out on automatic qualification spot and a play-off spot if they lose to the Norwegians and the Turks win in Montenegro.