The Dutch No.1 is destined to be fit for the date at Soccer City...The Netherlands look likely to have no selection issues when they meet Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday, as fitness doubt Maarten Stekelenburg trained successfully on Friday.
There were doubts over the goalkeeper’s well-being due to a hip injury that prompted coach Bert van Marwijk to warm up substitute goalkeeper Michael Vorm during the semi-final encounter against Uruguay.
Demy de Zeeuw was another concern after receiving a firm but accidental kick to the face in Tuesday night’s encounter, though his dental problems have cleared.
Van Marwijk took no chances with several of his players, opting to allow Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt and Rafael van der Vaart a break from team training so that they are in peak physical condition for Sunday’s match against la Furia Roja.
The coach has indicated that his starting XI will contain no surprises, which likely means that the duo of Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Wiel, who were suspended for the semi-final, will replace Demy de Zeeuw and Khalid Boulahrouz in the starting XI.
Expected Netherlands team to face Spain:
Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst; Van Bommel, De Jong; Robben, Sneijder, Kuyt; Van Persie.