Utrecht dealt de Groot blow

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Utrecht's late push for a place in Europe has been hit by the news that Donny de Groot will not play again this term.

The 24-year-old striker suffered a right knee injury against Heerenveen and tests have revealed he has ruptured a ligament in the joint.

Utrecht coach Foeke Booy has revealed de Groot will be absent for a number of months and will struggle to return for pre-season.

The club are on the fringes of the European places in De Eredivisie and are into the final of the Amstel Cup, where they will face Twente on May 23.