• World Cup

Robben to play through pain

ESPN staff
July 11, 2010
Arjen Robben is a star man for Netherlands © Getty Images

Arjen Robben has admitted he will play through the pain in a bid to help Netherlands secure World Cup glory.

The flying winger came into the World Cup as a major doubt after damaging his hamstring in training and was forced to sit out Netherlands' first two games. He has recovered sufficiently to play a key part in their march to the final, but admits he will still be carrying the problem when they take on Spain.

"I am not yet at my very best, but that is because I'm still getting pain from the injury," Robben said. "I can still play; but it is not like I can play a pain-free game.

"You have to be fit to be at your very best, but I will try to do as much as possible."

The Dutch have slight concerns over midfield playmaker Wesley Sneijder but he will take his place in the middle of the park.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is aware of the threat of Sneijder but is not concerning himself with the schemer.

"We don't have an anti-Snejider plan," Del Bosque said. "Almost all the teams have good midfielders and it is difficult to defend against them, but we have players in midfield who are used to dealing with these kind of players. There will be no special plan."

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