Dutch star Martens in doubt for World Cup quarter-final after celebration injury


Star Netherlands attacker Lieke Martens was hurt while celebrating her late winning goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16, putting her at risk of missing the quarter-final against Italy on Saturday.

Martens, who was named player of the year by FIFA in 2017 when the Dutch won EURO 2017, sat out training on Friday for a second successive day with a painful foot after teammate Jill Roord jumped on it when they were celebrating.

26-year-old Martens had a largely quiet tournament before bursting into the limelight on Wednesday with both goals, the second from the penalty spot, as the Dutch edged the 2011 World Cup winners 2-1 at Rennes.

But her chances of playing against Italy looked bleak after she was unable to train again on Friday, just hours after telling reporters she was confident of playing.

Source Reuters