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Page last updated at 14:10 GMT, Friday, 18 June 2010 15:10 UK

World Cup 2010: Dutch to make late decision on Robben

Dirk Kuyt scores for the Netherlands

Highlights - Netherlands 2-0 Denmark

Netherlands will wait until the morning of Saturday's game against Japan before deciding whether to risk Arjen Robben.

Robben completed a full training session on Friday for the first time since injuring his hamstring in a warm-up match against Hungary on 5 June.

When asked whether Robben would play, head coach Bert van Marwijk replied: "Ordinarily not, but you never know.

"We have to see how he responds. It's the first time he took part in a whole training session so that's something."

The Bayern Munich forward missed Netherlands' win over Denmark even though Dutch physio Dick van Toorn had insisted the player would be ready for Monday's opening match.


Robben arrived in South Africa on Saturday morning and was taken to the Dutch base at the Hilton hotel in Sandton via police escort.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward sustained what has been described as a "small tear" in his left hamstring towards the end the 6-1 victory over Hungary.

Robben, a second-half substitute, had scored two goals before pulling up when in possession in the 85th minute of his country's final warm-up match in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands' final game of Group E is against Cameroon on 24 June.

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see also
Netherlands relief at dogged win
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