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Mathijsen dismisses injury claims

Mathijsen dismisses injury claims

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The 32-year-old defender revealed that he is fully fit for the upcoming European Championship in Poland and Ukraine

NETHERLANDS
GROUP B
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
P
PTS
 NETHERLANDS 10 27
 SWEDEN
10 24
 HUNGARY 10 19
 FINLAND 10 10
 MOLDOVA 10 9
 SAN MARINO 10 0

Malaga defender Joris Mathijsen dismissed speculation that he is unfit to participate in the upcoming European Championship with the Netherlands.

The 32-year-old defender played the full 90 minutes in the Spanish side's 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon last weekend, although he is harbouring a thigh problem.

And the 79-times capped international has laughed off claims that he won't be fit for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

"There was the impression that I was seriously injured, but that is really nonsense," Mathijsen was quoted as saying by De Telegraaf.

"I have great confidence in the people of the KNVB. After all these years, they know my body through and through. It was clear that there was a sprain in my left thigh. It was better to just go to the Netherlands.

"The recovery went so well, that I played against Sporting Gijon for the whole game."

Mathijsen also discussed the Netherlands' chances after being drawn alongside Portugal, Germany and Denmark in Group B.

"Only during the last World Cup where we were with Japan, Denmark and Cameroon did we not have a tough group. But after the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008, we have yet another group of death. We survived both of them."

Netherlands begin their preparation with a friendly against Bulgaria next week before their Euro 2012 opener against Denmark on June 9.

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