Brighton striker Evan Ferguson faced a setback during the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, as he was substituted in the 55th minute due to a suspected hamstring issue. Jamie McGrath took his place as Ireland sought to level the score.
Ferguson, who had previously entered the Ireland camp with a back problem, was spotted applying ice to his hamstring after leaving the pitch at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Providing an update from the pitchside, RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue noted the immediate attention from the medical team, indicating a hamstring injury.
O’Donoghue highlighted the unfortunate progression from a back issue upon entering the camp to a hamstring problem upon departure, suggesting potential dissatisfaction from Brighton regarding the player’s situation.
The match, played under the closed roof at the Johan Cruyff Arena due to persistent rain, saw the Dutch take an early lead with a goal from striker Wout Weghorst.
Despite the challenging circumstances, Ireland faced in terms of possession dominance by the Netherlands, the focus shifted to concerns over Ferguson’s fitness and the implications for both his national team and club, Brighton.
In a discussion with the media, the 19-year-old star made it clear that it was necessary for him to drop off the pitch but claim he will under go treatment and hopes to return to play as soon as possible.