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"The 21-year-old Liverpool star had been expected to play some part of the team's final warm-up match against Wales in Rotterdam on Sunday.

And he was set to be a key part of Marco van Basten's squad for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland.

Van Basten is believed to be already discussing a replacement for Babel."

From BBC Sport.

Absolutely devastated for him.

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP)—Dutch winger Ryan Babel will miss the European Championship after tearing ankle ligaments during practice Saturday.

The 21-year-old player will be sidelined several weeks, the Dutch soccer association said. Coach Marco van Basten did not announce a replacement.

The injury came a day before the Netherlands plays Wales in its last exhibition before the European Championship. The Dutch face world champion Italy in their June 9 opener in Berne, Switzerland. They also play World Cup runner-up France and Romania in what is considered the toughest group.

Its bad but not too bad for him..devastated by the injury rightly, but will be back in a few weeks so he wont really lose any of his outstanding form.

Too bad, but I really cant see him having a major effect on Hollands outcome anyway.

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I couldn't believe it when i read this on BBC Sport.

As a Liverpool fan i had been looking forward to watching him play and see how he did on the big stage, and I'm absolutely gutted for him. :(

Hopefully his morale won't be affected too much and he can recover quickly and begin his preparations for next season - where hopefully he will shine and improve and become a regular in the Liverpool side.

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He is a regular' date=' but yes I am devastated for him, I thought it could finally be his chance to shine and prove himself.[/quote']

Hmm yes i suppose he is, but I am always disappointed when Rafa replaces him with Benayoun or someone else - he rarely makes the full 90 minutes. At least now there won't be any excuses for doing that such as "He is recovering from the summer tournament" :rolleyes:

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Hmm yes i suppose he is' date=' but I am always disappointed when Rafa replaces him with Benayoun or someone else - he rarely makes the full 90 minutes. At least now there won't be any excuses for doing that such as "He is recovering from the summer tournament" :rolleyes:[/quote']

I was really looking forward to Euro 2008, but seeing as England haven't qualified, a lot of players being left out of their squads and a huge number of injuries, I'm not looking forward to it as much.

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Not the end of the world he is 21 same for Eduardo its not like they wont make it to another Euro' date=' I dont think Babel will make much difference as he hasnt been that impressive for liverpool this season, as a fan of liverpool he has missed some key shots[/quote']

He has made a bigger impact than Ronaldo did in his first season at Manchester United.

10 goals in your first season isn't bad.

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Yeah its not but he barely made a game his biggest impact was the final minutes against Arsenal WHAT A MATCH

I was out in Spain for that match so only saw highlights... gutted i couldn't see it live. I was on a coach coming back from a football game (we were on tour) and all i had was my vodafone live - nothing compared to the real thing :(

Im tipping Babel to make Prem team of the season next year - Ashley Young did it this year after settling in at Villa and i think Babel can do the same.

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