Van der Vaart out of Dutch squad
Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart has been forced to withdraw from the Netherlands squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Andorra.
Van der Vaart had already joined up with the Dutch squad with a minor thigh problem picked up in Hamburg's 4-0 victory over Eintracht Bruanschweig at the weekend.
On Tuesday, Dutch news wires reported that Van der Vaart had torn a muscle despite the player believing he had only suffered "cramp in the thigh".
Hamburg take on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion on September 14 and the club took to Twitter to say they hoped he would be available for the clash with the Champions League finalists, whom they had beaten twice during the 2012-13 season.
Should Van der Vaart not be fit to play in Dortmund, he will most likely be replaced by Hakan Calhanoglu, 19. Against Braunschweig the former Karlsruher SC midfielder scored twice in 13 minutes. His second goal of the day came from a wonderful free-kick from just outside the box. During last season's third league campaign Calhanoglu scored seven direct free-kicks.