Star attraction Wesley Sneijder limped off the field during Holland’s last training session ahead of Tuesday’s prestige friendly against Germany.
“Sneijder suffered a calf injury,” manager Bert van Marwijk told a well-attended press conference at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg. “We can’t tell you how serious it is, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow.”
Missing their playmaker would be another setback for Holland, who already have five key players injured. “This is not what we need,” Van Marwijk said gravely.
Not being able to play would come as a sore disappointment for Sneijder, who told Radio Netherlands Worldwide last week that he was really looking forward to playing Germany.
With 51,500 tickets sold, it’ll be a full house in Hamburg on Tuesday. Among the capacity crowd will be 2,200 Dutch fans.
The stadium has a brand new pitch. The old one was replaced only last week. “An excellent pitch,” according to Van Marwijk, who said he expected an attacking game from both sides.
Probable Holland starting line-up (4-2-3-1 formation):
Maarten Stekelenburg; Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen and Edson Braafheid; Mark van Bommel and Kevin Strootman; Dirk Kuyt, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ryan Babel; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.