Holland star Lieke Martens at risk of missing World Cup quarter-final after picking up injury celebrating late goal
- Lieke Martens was hurt while celebrating her late winning goal against Japan
- Martens lashed home a late goal from the penalty spot causing mass celebration
- Her team-mate Jill Roord accidentally stood on her foot as players all piled in
- Martens is now a doubt for the quarter-final meeting with Italy on Saturday
Holland striker Lieke Martens was hurt while celebrating her late winning goal against Japan in the women’s World Cup last 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 the European Championship, sat out training on Friday.
It was a second successive day missing the session with a painful foot after team mate Jill Roord jumped on it when they were celebrating.
Lieke Martens has had to sit out of two days of training after picking up an injury
The forward was seen on the sidelines massaging her leg and looking in some discomfort
Martens was hurt while celebrating her late winning goal against Japan
The 26-year-old Martens had a largely quiet tournament before bursting into the limelight on Tuesday 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.
England have already booked their place in the semi-finals following a comfortably 3-0 victory over Norway.
The Lionesses will face reigning world champions United States, who progressed to the last four after holding on to beat hosts France 2-1 in Paris.
As masses of players piled in to celebrate, Jill Roord accidentally stepped on Martens’ foot