Mathijsen a doubt for Dutch opener
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Netherlands defender Joris Mathijsen is expected to sit out their UEFA EURO 2012 opener against Denmark because of a hamstring injury.

The Malaga centre-back has not trained fully over the last couple of days because of the problem, and coach Bert van Marwijk admits he is a likely absentee on Saturday.

"As things stand now, it is 80 per cent certain he will not play against Denmark," said Van Marwijk.

I will wait and see how things develop over the next two days and what the prospects are.
Bert van Marwijk on Joris Mathijsen

The Oranje boss will consider calling up a replacement if Mathijsen fails to show rapid improvement.

"I will wait and see how things develop over the next two days and what the prospects are," he said. "Then I will decide.

"Muscle injuries are always difficult to predict. Missing the first game of the tournament is different to missing the first two games."