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World Cup 2010: Van Persie fit for Netherlands

Robin van Persie
Van Persie was in agony after suffering the injury against Brazil

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie has been cleared to play in Tuesday's semi-final against Uruguay after a scan on his elbow showed no serious damage.

Van Persie injured his elbow during his side's 2-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-final on Friday.

Defender Joris Mathijsen has also been given the all clear, having suffered a knee injury during the warm-up.

"Neither scan on Van Persie or Mathijsen showed any serious damage," said a statement from the Dutch FA.

But Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will definitely be without midfielder Nigel De Jong and full-back Gregory van der Wiel, who are both suspended.

Mathijsen had been named in the Dutch starting line-up for Friday's match, but his place was taken by Ajax's former Blackburn Rovers centre-back Andre Oojer.

Arsenal star Van Persie played on after picking up his injury, before eventually being substituted with five minutes remaining.

Netherlands won the game after coming back from a goal down and face a Uruguay side that beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 1-1.

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