Sven Botman has been somewhat unlucky in recent weeks.
While the Dutchman has established himself as one of the leading central defenders in the Premier League following his move to Newcastle from Lille, few would doubt the last few days have proven challenging.
Botman, usually so stoic at the back, made a rare mistake against Nottingham Forest as the home side went ahead at the City Ground, albeit Alexander Isak’s brace turned the game around.
Days later, the 22-year-old was sent home from the Netherlands camp ahead of his potential debut against France.
Dutch manager Ronald Koeman called the defender into his squad but was forced to lose a number of players following a virus.
Why Sven Botman was sent home from Netherlands camp
Now, more details have emerged.
According to De Telegraaf, a chicken curry is to blame.
They say Dutch players have consistently complained about the food on offer at the team hotel, before disaster struck.
Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo and Matthijs De Ligt are two other high profile departures from the squad.
Now, the players who ate the curry were “throwing up so much that playing against France and Gibraltar proved impossible”.
Ouch, how’s your luck?
Botman back at Newcastle can only be a good thing
While not to celebrate the fact Botman has been denied a debut, having him back on Tyneside to recover can only be a good thing from a club perspective.
With a key game at Manchester United up after the international break, not risking any kind of injury to such a big player in Eddie Howe’s system is a welcome thought, as selfish as that may sound.