Robin van Persie handed the Netherlands a fitness worry ahead of the World Cup after the Manchester United striker picked up a groin problem in Wednesday’s 2-0 friendly win over Wales in Amsterdam.
Van Persie appeared to be in pain and held his groin when he left the pitch at half-time and Dutch coach Louis van Gaal took no risks over the fitness of his star striker as the 30-year-old was immediately replaced by Jeremain Lens.
However, Van Gaal, whose 23-man squad fly out to Rio de Janiero on Thursday, is hopeful that the problem will be nothing serious.
“It looks a slight injury, but it is not for nothing that you go off,” said the coach.
“He has to wait until the doctor sees him. It was better that you don’t risk a bigger injury by playing him in the second half as it was not the most important match.
“I hope he is okay for [the opening World Cup game on June 13 against] Spain. His action for the assist for the first goal was fantastic.”
Before his half-time departure, Van Persie set up Arjen Robben for the opening goal of the friendly in the 32nd minute at the Amsterdam Arena.
Robben then turned provider to allow substitute Lens to double the Dutch side’s advantage by tapping home from close-range on 76 minutes.
Van Persie said: “I came off as a precaution. It built up during the game so I decided it was sensible to come off.”