Afternoon Ticker: Robben to miss first game, Portugal wins and more

Afternoon Ticker: Robben to miss first game, Portugal wins and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Robben to miss first game, Portugal wins and more


Arjen Robben 1 (Reuters)


Arjen Robben may have eluded a long-term injury that would have dashed his World Cup dreams, but he'll likely still miss the Dutch's Group E opener against Denmark on June 14.

Netherlands head coach Bert van Marwijk has all but ruled out Robben from the team's opener in Johannesburg, and still is not sure when Robben will recover from his hamstring injury. Robben picked up the nick in the Netherlands' 6-1 win over Hungary on Saturday when he attempted to hit a backheel pass. 

Even with Robben out, the Dutch still boast plenty in attack, with Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart all available.

Here are more stories from Tuesday:

Portugal beats Mozambique, 3-0

Portugal may have received the news that Nani would be out for the World Cup earlier today, but that didn't stop it from winning its final warm-up match. Portugal defeated Mozambique, 3-0, courtesy of a goal from Danny and a brace from Hugo Almeida.

Nani's replacement, Ruben Amorim, was not with the squad for the win.

Fulham signs Senderos

In an effort to improve its defense, Fulham has signed defender Philippe Senderos from Arsenal. Although the fee was undisclosed, Senderos has agreed to a three-year deal with the Cottagers. Senderos is currently with Switzerland in South Africa for the World Cup.

Celtic to appoint Neil Lennon as manager

If Celtic is to stop Rangers' streak of Scottish League titles next season, then Neil Lennon will be the man in charge to help do so. Celtic is set to unveil Lennon as its new manager on Wednesday, making him the 17th head coach in the club's history. Lennon served as interim manager after Tony Mowbray was sacked in March, and he guided Celtic to an eight-game winning streak at the end of the season.


How much will the Netherlands miss Robben against Denmark? Does Portugal's victory impress you? Will Fulham's defense be better with Senderos? Think Lennon will make it through the season with Celtic?

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