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Robben joins his team in Johannesburg

Society Materials 12 June 2010 23:46
Dutch winger Arjen Robben arrived in Johannesburg and joined his teammates on Saturday, keeping his hopes alive of playing in the World Cup.
Robben joins his team in Johannesburg

Dutch winger Arjen Robben arrived in Johannesburg and joined his teammates on Saturday, keeping his hopes alive of playing in the World Cup, Xinhua reported.

Robben suffered a small tear in his left hamstring in last weekend's warm-up match win over Hungary in Amsterdam and stayed back in Holland to receive intensive treatment while the team flew to the republic.

The Dutch begin their World Cup campaign against Denmark at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Monday, but coach Bert van Marwijk has already said he will not let Robben play the match, as it is still too soon after the injury.

Robben had been receiving daily treatment in Holland under veteran physiotherapist Dick van Toorn to help him recover from the injury in the back of the left thigh.

Van Toorn has insisted Robben will be ready to play on Monday, but with plenty of talent in his squad, van Marwijk says he does not want to risk Robben re-injuring himself.

"We must avoid a relapse, as I have said in the last few days, Arjen has played virtually no football or trained in the last three weeks," said the coach.

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