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Melchiot to return to training Sunday ahead of Italy clash

Melchiot to return to training Sunday ahead of Italy clash

Mario Melchiot missed training on Saturday because of an infected pubis bone but should be fully fit to be considered for the Dutch opener against Italy.
The defender underwent a scan on Friday to assess the seriousness of the injury. He will be fit to train with the team at the Bern stadium on Sunday on the eve of the match against Italy, said federation spokesman Cees Jansma.
Melchiot has played 21 internationals for the Netherlands, and has been an occasional starter during the qualification campaign for Euro 2008.
Even if fully fit, he was expected to start on the bench against Italy.
Melchiot was the only absence during Saturday's training session. Both Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie played with the full squad despite injury problems earlier in the week.
The Dutch play Italy on Monday and France the next Friday. It concludes its Group C play against Romania.


Updated : 2021-07-31 12:02 GMT+08:00