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Women's Euros preview: Vivianne Miedema out for Netherlands with Covid while Switzerland juggle illness outbreak ahead of Sweden match

The Netherlands face Portugal in Group C on Wednesday; Sweden drew with the Netherlands in their Euro 2022 opener; Portugal also fought back to draw 2-2 with Switzerland; Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal has been ruled out for the remainder of the Euros

Vivianne Miedema will not feature for the Netherlands after testing for Covid
Image: Vivianne Miedema will not feature for the Netherlands after testing for Covid

Vivianne Miedema has been ruled out for the Netherlands' second Euros group game against Portugal after testing positive for Covid, with Switzerland juggling an illness outbreak ahead of their match with Sweden.

Sweden vs Switzerland: How will stomach bug affect the Swiss?

Switzerland head into their second group game with their squad having been ravaged with a stomach bug over the last few days. They had to cancel training on Monday with eight players missing out through illness.

The Swiss are expected to be able to field a squad against Sweden on Wednesday evening, but head coach Nils Nielsen and his staff will need to manage their players.

Speaking to UEFA.com, he said: "Some of them don't feel well yet so that is very doubtful. But others weren't hit so hard so they might be ready for tomorrow."

Coumba Sow is congratulated after opening the scoring for Switzerland
Image: Switzerland have been hit by a sickness bug, affecting their preparations for their match against Sweden

"It's not an ideal situation at all but we are still preparing as best we can and making sure that the girls have all the chances to prepare themselves theoretically. And then we have to see how much power we have in the legs to execute it.

"With all these things of course it becomes more difficult, but it's not impossible. If we can put 11 players on the pitch, we can still beat them. It's just that the chances of beating them are getting smaller all the time if things don't start going our way.

"If you've been really sick and haven't been able to eat at all, you might not feel ready for this game. We can't know that yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."

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Ramona Bachmann gave an insight into how Switzerland have prepared over the last few days
Image: Ramona Bachmann gave an insight into how Switzerland have prepared over the last few days

Ramona Bachmann also gave an insight into how Switzerland have been preparing while trying to contain an illness outbreak.

"Mostly inside, [she has been] in my room," she added to UEFA.com. "We were isolated from each other, we were not allowed to train, we were not allowed to eat together either, so we got served food in our rooms.

"It was a bit boring to be honest. But that's what you have to do to make sure you don't spread it.

"[Switzerland prepared] with videos, mostly, since we were not allowed to leave the room. So we had video calls and we went through the videos like we usually do."

Netherlands vs Portugal: Miedema out with Covid

Netherlands forward Miedema has tested positive for Covid and gone into isolation ahead of their second European Championship group game against Portugal.

Miedema led the Netherlands to the title after scoring four goals in the 2017 edition, including a double in the final. The 25-year-old has scored 94 goals in 112 international matches.

"Vivianne Miedema has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore go into isolation in the coming days," the Dutch team announced on Tuesday. "When she no longer has symptoms and tests negative, she can rejoin the team."

Van Veenendaal came off injured in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sweden
Image: Sari van Veenendaal came off injured in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sweden

It is another absence headache for Mark Parsons and the Netherlands, who are already without goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for the remainder of the Euros with a shoulder injury.

Twenty-year-old Daphne van Domselaar is expected to take her place as the Netherlands aim for their first victory of their title defence, going into the game as heavy favourites.

Head coach Parsons said: "They're going to be ready, they're going to be very difficult.

"Since I've been here, we've played in World Cup qualification multiple times when you would say: 'OK, the Netherlands should be favourites.' Women's football continues to rise and you have to respect everyone. You have to be very focused and switched on.

"No complacency, we have to be at our best at every moment."

Despite being seen as the underdogs, Portugal are on a five-match unbeaten run and showed superb determination to recover from 2-0 down to take a point against Switzerland.

Diana Gomes sparked Portugal comeback early in the second half
Image: Diana Gomes sparked a Portugal comeback early in the second half

Head coach Francisco Neto said: "We need to start super-focused on our jobs. At this level, mistakes will be punished.

"Against experienced teams, used to these games, with players with huge talent, we need to be fully focused and try to negate the attacking talents of the Netherlands.

"There's only one way to do that: have the ball and keep the ball. That's our mission. We have been punching above our weight for years. We have to be more united, better organised defensively and avoid losing the ball when we do have it."

Follow Euro 2022 across Sky Sports

Keep up with all the latest from Euro 2022 across Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.

Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give analysis throughout the tournament.

They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

The pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women's Euro 2022 Mobile Presentation Bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where matches are being played.

In addition, Sky Sports' Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded for the tournament to Sky Sports Women's Euros Podcast from 21 June. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a strong programme line-up around the tournament.

Euro 2022: The groups...

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule...

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England 1-0 Austria

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland

Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 5-1 Italy

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland

Group A: England 8-0 Norway

Tuesday July 12

Group B: Denmark 1-0 Finland

Group B: Germany 2-0 Spain

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland - kick-off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands v Portugal - kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy vs Iceland - kick-off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium - kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Friday July 15

Group A: Northern Ireland v England - kick-off 8pm, St Mary's

Group A: Austria vs Norway - kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany - kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark vs Spain - kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands - kick-off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden vs Portugal - kick-off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France - kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy vs Belgium - kick-off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout phase

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B - kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A - kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Friday July 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D - kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C - kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

Tuesday July 26

Semi-final 1: Winners quarter-final 1 v Winners quarter-final 3 - kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 v Winners quarter-final 4 - kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 - kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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