Van Persie fit for semi-final after elbow scare

JOHANNESBURG - Netherlands striker Robin van Persie has been cleared to play in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final with Uruguay in Cape Town following a hospital scan on an elbow injury, the Dutch FA said on Saturday.

Van Marwijk had earlier told reporters in Johannesburg that defender Joris Mathijsen was also in hospital for a scan on a knee injury.

A statement said: "Neither scan on Van Persie or Mathijsen showed any serious damage and both are fit to play against Uruguay."

Netherlands knocked favourites Brazil out of the tournament on Friday with a comeback 2-1 win in Port Elizabeth in which Van Persie played 85 minutes.

Mathijsen had been named in the starting line-up against Brazil but was replaced after being injured in the pre-match warm-up.

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