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Van Persie and Mathijsen fit for semi

July 3, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Netherlands duo Robin Van Persie and Joris Mathijsen have been given the all clear to play in their side's World Cup semi-final against Uruguay.

Robin van Persie
GettyImagesRobin van Persie lies injured against Brazil

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There had been fears over the pair's fitness after Mathijsen pulled up in the warm-up before the Oranje's quarter-final victory over Brazil, while Van Persie hurt his elbow during the match.

But hospital tests revealed their respective knocks would not rule them out of Netherlands' semi-final in Cape Town on Tuesday, handing coach Bert van Marwijk a massive boost ahead of the game.

"Neither scan on Van Persie or Mathijsen showed any serious damage and both are fit to play against Uruguay," a statement from the Dutch FA said.