x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dutch to keep Robben under wraps ahead of Ghana game

Bert van Marwijk, the Holland coach, will take no risks with his squad in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Ghana in Rotterdam.

Bert van Marwijk, the Holland coach, will take no risks with his squad in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Ghana in Rotterdam tonight. Arjen Robben, the Bayern Munich winger, had been troubled by a hip problem, but joined in with the rest of the 23-man squad in a training session at their Austrian altitude camp ahead of the departure for Rotterdam this morning. "We will have to look at it," Van Marwijk said. "Arjen has a little bit of a problem with his hip. It is not serious, but in the run-up to the World Cup, we want as little risk as possible."

The Dutch - who cruised through their qualifying campaign - beat Mexico 2-1 in their last friendly with a brace from Robin van Persie, the Arsenal striker who is fit again following a serious ankle injury. Van Persie will continue to be monitored after a minor scare when he turned his ankle during training and needed an ice pack to prevent swelling.