When Dutch winger Arjen Robben pulled a hamstring in Holland’s warm-up game against Hungary, the nation’s World Cup hopes were put on hold.
Subsequent scans have revealed that the Bayern Munich winger’s injury is not as bad as initially feared and he should play in South Africa.
He should definitely miss Holland’s Group E opener against Denmark, with his place on the right side of the Dutch attack filled by Dirk Kuyt.
The hardworking Liverpool player will actually strengthen coach Bert Van Marwijk’s side by helping out defensively, thereby bolstering one of the team’s weak points.
Holland’s other superb attacking players, such as Robin Van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Eljero Elia, will ensure that Robben’s creativeness is not a big a loss as anticipated.