Robben focus

Robben stuck in the middle over injury mystery

August 31, 2010
By Ernst Bouwes
During the closing minutes of Netherlands' final friendly before the World Cup, all was going well as they held a 6-1 lead against Hungary. In all the euphoria, Arjen Robben, who had scored twice in the 35 minutes he had played, tried a back-heel while going at full speed. A bad idea.

He keeled over with a painful grimace, reaching for his hamstring, which appeared to be pulled. With the expectation of a six-week recovery, South Africa looked to be a pipedream for him. However, a Dutch ...

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