9 Jun 2010

Injured Netherlands star to miss football World Cup opener

6:28 am on 9 June 2010

The injured Netherlands striker Arjen Robben has been ruled out of his country's football World Cup opener against Denmark on June the 14th.

The Bayern Munich player suffered a thigh injury in the weekend's friendly against Hungary in Amsterdam and had been hoping to join his teammates in South Africa this weekend.

However the Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk says the injury is serious and he's unsure when Robben will be able to join the side but it will not be in time for the Denmark clash.

The Netherlands will also face Japan and Cameroon in their Group E campaign.