Van Persie doubtful for Holland: Van Gaal

Sao Paulo: Netherlands captain Robin van Persie is a doubt for his side`s World Cup semi-final against Argentina on Wednesday with a stomach problem, coach Louis van Gaal said.

"Robin van Persie has an intestinal problem and I didn`t want to take a risk," said Van Gaal on the Manchester United striker, who trained apart from his team-mates on Tuesday morning.

Asked if van Persie would be fit enough to line up against Argentina at Sao Paulo`s Corinthians Arena, Van Gaal replied: "I don`t know.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday), I`ll have to take all these decisions, not today. We have more than 24 hours before the match and Robin van Persie is a very important player for us.

"In principle, my captains always play, but only if they`re 100 percent," said van Gaal.