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World Cup 2010: Arjen Robben to decide on fitness

Arjen Robben (left) trains as van Marwijk looks on
Van Marwijk looks on as Robben takes part in his first full training session

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk says he will allow winger Arjen Robben to decide if he is fit to face Cameroon in their final Group E match on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Bayern Munich player has been sidelined since 5 June with a hamstring injury.

Robben trained on Sunday for the first time since joining his compatriots in Johannesburg having stayed in the Netherlands for treatment.

"I am going to leave him to make the decision," said Van Marwijk.

"He knows his own body best and he will let me know when he is ready."

Robben's inclusion in Thursday's match with Cameroon in Cape Town is not essential, with the Dutch already through to the second round and their opponents already eliminated.

Van Marwijk only wants the former Real Madrid and Chelsea man to make his return when he is totally healed.

"It can be in the next game or it can be in the knockout phase. He must take the decision," added the Dutch manager.

"I'd prefer that he is used only when he is fit."



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