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Knee concern for Sneijder

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 10 Jun 2012

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Wesley Sneijder has revealed he sustained a knee injury during his side’s 1-0 loss to Denmark in their opening Euro 2012 clash on Saturday.

Bert van Marwijk’s men succumbed to Michael Krohn-Dehli’s only goal on 24 minutes of the Group B match, and the Oranje coach could be deprived of his influential playmaker in the crucial second group game against Germany on Wednesday.

“I have some trouble at the back of my knee,” Sneijder told Telegraaf, though he did not say whether he would be ruled out of the decisive game against the Germans next week.

Sneijder, who was celebrating his 28th birthday, was one of the liveliest Dutch players on the pitch delivering trademark pinpoint passes throughout the game.

But of the numerous chances he created, none were converted by his team-mates up front as he was left to rue his side’s finishing.

“We were missing the final bit of decisiveness,” Sneijder said.

“The strikers are keen to score and I play in behind them and give them the ball, but they must score. We played well and we were great at the beginning of the game.

“In the last half-hour we had two or three good chances. But in the last 10 minutes we were running on empty. However we kept fighting until the very last minute.”

The defeat leaves the Dutch joint-bottom of Group B with Portugal, as Germany and Denmark lead the section with three points each.

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