Saturday, 5 June 2010


Arjen Robben is the latest in a string of key players bound for the World Cup in South Africa to suffer a worrying injury.

The Dutch winger limped out of Holland's 6-1 win over Hungary earlier today after appearing to pull a hamstring.

Holland are scheduled to depart for South Africa tonight, but no decision will be made on Robben's inclusion until more is known about the nature and extent of the injury.

Despite the morale boosting victory, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk stated that he "would rather lose this match and have Arjen stay fit" as reported by The Guardian.

Meanwhile, the defending World Champions Italy have concerns over the fitness of Andrea Pirlo who suffered a calf problem during the warm up defeat to Mexico. Pirlo, who played a key role four years ago in his country's success, is not currently with the squad and his progress is being closely monitored.

South American giants and five-time winners Brazil have worries over goalkeeper Julio Cesar who is struggling with a back problem and is currently unable to train.

The USA, whose opening Group C match against England is just a week away now, today beat Australia 3-1 in their final warm up game, but a notable absentee from the starting line-up was Jozy Altidore. The striker is nursing a sprained ankle but is expected to recover in time for the start of the tournament.

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