Netherlands national team coach, Louis van Gaal has shown his determination to lead his players to World Cup qualification as he was pictured training on Monday, November 15 sitting on a golf buggy after fracturing his hip joint on Sunday.
The 70-year-old former Manchester United manager hurt himself after falling off his bicycle while cycling back to the team hotel after training on Sunday night.
Gaal, who underwent a hip replacement on the other leg in 2012 – is now using a wheelchair to move following the incident.
Despite being in pains, Van Gaal managed to oversee the Dutch training session on Monday after being driven around practice in a golf buggy by coach Henk Fraser while his other assistant Danny Blind took the warm-up.
Van Gaal admitted that he’s dealing with severe pain but will do everything to take charge of their final qualifier against Norway in Rotterdam on Tuesday
‘Physically it’s not going well, I’m in a lot of pain’, the stricken Van Gaal said on Monday in a video call after his wheelchair wouldn’t fit through the door to allow him to take the press conference.
‘That’s why I’m in a wheelchair. There is a fracture in a bone.
‘I can do everything [coaching], because my brain works. And there are resources that are made available.
‘It doesn’t look natural, I understand that. But I think coaching is verbal and you do it with your brain.
‘You convince the team with your presentation. I did everything I would normally do.’