Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Holland still waiting on Robben’s return

Arjen Robben remains hopeful he can take part in the World Cup after his first physiotherapy session with Dick van Toorn.

The Netherlands winger has a small tear in his left hamstring, but is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in South Africa.

Robben came on as a half-time substitute in Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Hungary and scored two goals before being forced off five minutes from time.

The initial diagnosis was gloomy, but Robben is almost certain he can soon travel to South Africa to join up with his Dutch team-mates.

Speaking after his first session with Van Toorn, Robben told reporters: “It is impossible to say whether that (a return) will only be about four days or a week away.

“It was tedious exercises, but we will do everything to get fit. I'm very hopeful. Now we will see how fast we can make progress. In 2008, Van Toorn got me back to action very quickly.”

Robben was also grateful to coach Bert van Marwijk who has not called up a replacement, saying: “I am very happy it gives me time to recover.”

As for the player's chances of making the first game against Denmark in Johannesburg next Monday, Van Toorn said: “With some luck, I think it should be possible.”

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