Pieters pulls out of Netherlands' provisional squad for Euro 2012

The PSV left-back has revealed that the doctor treating his foot injury told him on Monday that he has 'no chance' of being fit for the tournament, which gets under way next month
Netherlands have been rocked by the news that Erik Pieters will miss Euro 2012 - just hours after the defender was included in Bert van Marwijk's provisional 36-man squad for Poland and Ukraine.

The PSV full-back has been struggling with a foot injury and was informed by ankle specialist Dr. Nie van Dijk on Monday that he will not be able to travel.

"Just back from the hospital," Pieters wrote on Twitter. "Bad news from Dr. Van Dijk. No chance for Euro 2012. Thanks for your support."

Van Marwijk swiftly moved to replace Pieters in his provisional panel with Vitesse's Alexander Buttner but conceded that the loss of his first-choice full-back was devastating for both player and country.

"This is a blow for us," the Dutch boss told the KNVB's official website. "But it's obviously even more disappointing for Erik."

Pieters' withdrawal has overshadowed Van Marwijk's earlier decision to call upon the services of Feyenoord goalkeeper Erwin Mulder, AZ's Nick Viergever, Feyenoord's Stefan de Vrij and PSV's Jetro Willems for the first time, as well as the uncapped Jasper Cillessen, Adam Maher, Ola John and Luciano Narsingh.

Star players such as Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have also been included in Van Marwijk's provisional panel.

Additionally, the Netherlands boss has included Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay in his roster for the first time since his comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Van Marwijk will trim his squad down to 27 players after a two-day training camp in Hoenderloo on May 14 and 15, before announcing his final selection on May 29.

Netherlands have scheduled friendly games against Bayern Munich, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Northern Ireland in the next four weeks.

Oranje will travel to their base at the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow on June 4.

The Dutch start Euro 2012 with the group match against Denmark on June 9, before taking on Germany and Portugal.

Name Club
Jasper Cillessen Ajax
Tim Krul Newcastle
Erwin Mulder Feyenoord
Maarten Stekelenburg Roma
Michel Vorm Swansea
Vurnon Anita Ajax
Khalid Boulahrouz Stuttgart
Wilfred Bouma PSV
Alexander Buttner Vitesse
Urby Emanuelson AC Milan
John Heitinga Everton
Joris Mathijsen Malaga
Gregory van der Wiel Ajax
Nick Viergever AZ
Ron Vlaar Feyenoord
Stefan de Vrij Feyenoord
Jetro Willems PSV
Ibrahim Afellay Barcelona
Mark van Bommel AC Milan
Nigel de Jong Man City
Adam Maher AZ
Hedwiges Maduro Valencia
Stijn Schaars Sporting
Wesley Sneijder Inter
Kevin Strootman PSV
Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham
Georginio Wijnaldum PSV
Klaas Jan Huntelaar Schalke
Siem de Jong Ajax
Luuk de Jong Twente
Ola John Twente
Dirk Kuyt Liverpool
Jeremain Lens PSV
Luciano Narsingh Heerenveen
Robin van Persie Arsenal
Arjen Robben Bayern