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Updated: June 14, 2010 17:40 IST

Robben set to fly to World Cup after final check-up

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Road to recovery: Arjen Robben of The Netherlands has been declared fit for the Dutch World Cup Opener on Monday.
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Road to recovery: Arjen Robben of The Netherlands has been declared fit for the Dutch World Cup Opener on Monday.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben was expected to fly to South Africa for the World Cup later on Friday after a final medical check-up on his hamstring.

Robben, 26, has completed treatment with physiotherapist Dick van Toorn who has declared him fit to play, six days after the Bayern Munich star limped out of a tune-up match with a hamstring injury which left his World Cup participation in serious doubt.

?There were long days but it?s going really well now. We have made great progress,? Friday?s edition of De Telegraaf daily quoted Robben as saying.

His physiotherapist Dick van Toorn agreed: ?The injury is healed ... The results are looking good. Arjen?s treatment worked well. I must say that most of it comes from his professional attitude.? Robben managed sprints without pain on Wednesday and Thursday. Van Toorn said he would not need any further healing programme at the Dutch team camp in South Africa, but that he will need to continue some therapeutical exercises.

Van Toorn said that Robben is fit to play in the Dutch World Cup opener on Monday against Denmark, but coach Bert van Marwijk may use a conservative approach and not field him.

The other Dutch group E games are on June 19 against japan and June 24 against Cameroon.

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