Ruud steps in for Van Persie
Ruud van Nistelrooy has been called up to replace Robin van Persie for Holland's opening Euro qualifiers.
Last Updated: 01/09/10 1:35pm
Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been called up to replace injured Robin van Persie in the squad for Holland's opening Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Arsenal forward Van Persie sustained an ankle injury during Saturday's 2-1 win over Blackburn and is likely to be sidelined for 'at least a few weeks', according to the Dutch Football Association.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has summoned former Manchester United man Van Nistelrooy to step in for Van Persie as the Oranje open their qualifying campaign.
Hamburg forward Van Nistelrooy returns to the Holland fold for the first time in two years having last featured for his country during the 2008 European Championship.
The 34-year-old, who has also played for Real Madrid, has netted three goals in the Bundesliga so far this season.
An Oranje veteran having scored 33 goals in 64 appearances for his country, Van Nistelrooy is expected to join the Netherlands' training camp on Tuesday.
World Cup runners-up Holland take on Group E qualifiers San Marino in Serravalle on Friday before facing Finland in Rotterdam four days later.