Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is in doubt for the World Cup semi-final against Argentina after succumbing to a stomach problem.
Van Persie trained separately on Tuesday with defender Daryl Janmaat and coach Louis van Gaal said both were suffering “stomach and intestinal problems.”
Van Gaal said he would not rush into deciding whether Van Persie is fit to play at Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao Stadium against the Lionel Messi-led Argentina.
“I have to make a decision tomorrow. I’m not going to do that today. We have more than a day,” Van Gaal said. “Van Persie is a very important player for us.”
In potential good news for the Dutch, midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong trained Tuesday and could play against Argentina, depending on how he feels Wednesday.
There were fears De Jong’s World Cup was over when he limped off early in the first half of the second-round match against Mexico and tests confirmed the day after the come-from-behind 2-1 victory that he had torn a groin muscle. The team said he was likely out for two to four weeks, but De Jong battled back.
Van Gaal said the AC Milan midfielder would be checked Wednesday for possible adverse reactions to his training session, “and if they are such that he can play then a miracle will have happened.”