Ooijer and Afellay out of Dutch squad

ROTTERDAM - PSV Eindhoven players Andre Ooijer and Ibrahim Afellay have pulled out of the Dutch squad for two forthcoming matches with injuries, the Dutch FA (KNVB) said on Monday.

The Netherlands, who have already qualified for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa, host Japan in a friendly on Saturday and travel to Scotland four days later for their final World Cup Group Nine match.

Central defender Ooijer has suffered a groin injury, while Afellay has hamstring problems, officials said.