The Dutch football federation HAS rejected Bayern Munich’s request to release captain Mark van Bommel and return him to Munich for an examination of his knee.
Bayern said it had heard through media reports that Van Bommel had injured his knee during Friday’s 1-0 win in Moldova.
A press release on Tuesday read: “Through media reports, Bayern Munich have become aware that their captain Mark van Bommel has suffered a knee injury in the match between Moldova and Holland on October 8.
“The board of Bayern Munich today – after consultation with club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt – has asked the CEO of the KNVB, Dr Bert van Oostveen, that our player returns immediately to Munich to receive medical treatment from Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt.”
The Dutch rejected Bayern’s demand, declaring ahead of its European Championship qualifier against Sweden that the midfielder was fit.
“There are no medical problems and he will therefore remain in the Dutch squad,” the federation said on its website.
Van Bommel missed training on Sunday with a sore right knee but Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said he will likely be fit to play Tuesday at the Amsterdam Arena.
The Bundesliga champions are already in a dispute with the Dutch federation over an injury to winger Arjen Robben that looks set to keep him out of action until January.
Bayern says he aggravated a hamstring injury at the World Cup.