Kuyt suffers serious ankle injury

AMSTERDAM - Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt was taken to hospital on Tuesday with a serious ankle injury sustained during their Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden.

The Liverpool forward had to come off just before the half-hour mark in the Group E match when he landed awkwardly after jumping for a ball with Sweden's Daniel Majstorovic.

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"Dirk wanted to play on but our doctor prevented that and told me to substitute him," Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk told a news conference after his side's 4-1 win.

"He is now in a hospital but following the doctor's first opinion it could be very serious and keep him sidelined for a long time."

The unlucky Kuyt had to pull out of the squad preparing for Euro 2012 qualifying matches in September after injuring his shoulder during a training session with the national team.