Dutch winger Arjen Robben will arrive in South Africa on Saturday, desperate to feature in his country's opening 2010 FIFA World Cup™ clash with Denmark despite carrying a thigh injury.
But coach Bert van Marwijk insists he will ignore all the optimistic talk surrounding the Bayern Munich flier and will not be hurried into a decision over whether the player will feature in Monday's game. "Arjen leaves Holland tonight and will arrive in Johannesburg on Saturday," said Van Marwijk.
You will see on Monday. I'm told that all is well with him, that he has recovered. But I want to wait and see him with my own eyes.
On whether or not he will play, the coach said: "You will see on Monday. I'm told that all is well with him, that he has recovered. But I want to wait and see him with my own eyes."
On Thursday, Robben's physiotherapist Dick van Toorn claimed the player, who suffered a thigh injury in the Netherlands' friendly win over Hungary last Saturday, would be fit.
The Oranje will also face Japan, on 19 June, and Cameroon, on 24 June, in their Group E campaign.