Netherlands' Van Persie, De Jong may not be fit for Argentina
Netherlands midfielder Nigel De Jong participated in warm ups a day before his team's World Cup semifinals match against Argentina, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Another of the Oranje's key players, Robin Van Persie, faces uncertainty heading into the match after he trained apart from the rest of the team, with defender Daryl Janmaat. Questions have arisen about Van Persie's fitness after he showed poorly in knockout-stage matches against Mexico and Costa Rica. Now, Dutch manager Louis van Gaal says Van Persie may not play Wednesday due to "an intestinal problem."
"I will decide (on Wednesday)," van Gaal said at a press conference Tuesday. "Van Persie is our captain so he is very important to us. In principle my captain always plays, but he has to be fit."
De Jong injured his groin early in the Netherlands' win over Mexico in the round of 16. An MRI showed a torn muscle and the team said De Jong would have to miss two-to-four weeks. In a message posted to his Twitter account, De Jong wrote that he would work hard to recover and 'keep hope'.
It is uncertain whether or how much Van Persie and De Jong will play against Argentina.
-- Chris Johnson