Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi likely out for match against Chile with concussion

June 18, 4:31 PM

Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi was taken to hospital for tests after he was taken off the pitch during Wednesday's 3-2 win over Australia due to a suspected concussion. The left center back was on the wrong end of a hard challenge from Tim Cahill who was cautioned for the foul.

Before a concussion was confirmed, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal told reporters that Martins Indi would be sidelined for a week if the test results turned out to be positive.

As a versatile defender, Martins Indi's experience playing the full back position or as a central defender allowed Daley Blind to take risks pushing up as a wing-back to provide service to the forwards. Replacing Martins Indi with Terence Kongolo might anchor Blind closer to the back line.

June 24, 11:47 AM

Dutch defender Martins Indi back at training

June 24, 11:47 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Bruno Martins Indi returned to training for the Netherlands at the World Cup after missing the final group game with concussion, indicating the defender may be available for the last 16 match with Mexico.

Martins Indi worked out with the squad Tuesday at the Dutch training ground in southern Rio de Janeiro. He sustained a concussion in the second group game against Australia and missed Monday's 2-0 win over Chile, which confirmed Netherlands as Group B winners with three wins from three.

Captain and striker Robin van Persie also trained after sitting out the Chile game due to suspension.

Favorites with many for the World Cup title, Netherlands will play Group A runner-up Mexico in the second round on Sunday in Fortaleza.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters

June 22, 11:56 AM

Dutch defender Martins Indi not fit for Chile

June 22, 11:56 AM

SAO PAULO - Defender Bruno Martins Indi will not play for the Netherlands in its last World Cup Group B match against Chile.

Coach Louis van Gaal said Sunday that Martins Indi, who suffered a concussion in the last match against Australia, has not recovered sufficiently to play Monday.

The Netherlands will also be missing captain Robin van Persie, who is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the tournament.

Van Gaal said other players are not fully fit, but declined to name them.

With both teams having already qualified for the round of 16, Monday's match will decide which of them wins Group B.

June 19, 12:49 PM

Injured Martins Indi stays back in Porto Alegre

June 19, 12:49 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Netherlands trained without Bruno Martins Indi on Thursday as the defender remained behind in Porto Alegre after sustaining a suspected concussion in the 3-2 win over Australia at the World Cup.

While the squad traveled back to its base in Rio de Janeiro and trained in the rain, Martins Indi stayed overnight in the hospital in Porto Alegre for observation after he was hurt in a tackle by Tim Cahill in Wednesday's Group B game. He was expected to rejoin the team later Thursday in Rio. Martins Indi left the game against Australia on a stretcher after the challenge by Cahill.

Winger Arjen Robben and midfielder Nigel de Jong also sat out the training session at Estadio Gavea, the practice facility of Rio club Flamengo and the Dutch training base for the World Cup. The pair were apparently being rested by coach Louis van Gaal and perched on plastic crates on the sidelines of a practice game.

Striker Robin van Persie took part in light warm-up drills then climbed to the top of the steep concrete stands overlooking the field to sit with his wife and young children and watch, cheering on teammates at times.

The Netherlands qualified for the last 16 with the come-from-behind win over the Aussies and will play Chile on Monday in Sao Paulo to decide who tops Group B. Both teams have won their two opening games, knocking out defending champion Spain in the process. The winner of the group will likely avoid playing host Brazil in the second round - if Brazil tops its group, as expected.

The Dutch ended their training session just in time as the steady rain turned into a heavy downpour a couple of minutes after they wrapped up.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters

June 18, 6:25 PM

Frightening image of Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi suggests he was unconscious

June 18, 6:25 PM

When Netherlands center back Bruno Martins Indi left Wednesday's match against Australia due to injury, most assumed he was hurt by Tim Cahill's reckless challenge. 

We've since learned that the Feyenoord defender suffered a concussion after his face hit the ground following the challenge. The photograph above suggests that Martins Indi was perhaps rendered unconscious by the impact, and the video below confirms how hard his head hit the ground.

Let's hope that Louis van Gaal and the rest of the Dutch team take every precaution necessary with the 22-year-old.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Marko Djurica