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Theo Lucius has broken his leg (

9 Jun 2005 - Source:

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PSV player Theo Lucius has broken his fibula during the World Cup 2006 qualifying game Finland –the Netherlands (0-4). He will be sidelined for some five to six weeks, was the diagnosis made in Helsinki. First period"Pictures have been taken and they clearly showed a fracture", said Marco van Basten, coach of the Dutch national team. Lucius was stretchered off the pitch in the first period. The right full back of the Dutch team twisted his leg on 24 minutes, after which he had to be replaced by Mario Melchiot. Lucius was taken to a Helsinki hospital by ambulance during the break to assess the damage to his knee. It was originally feared he had sustained a very serious knee injury, but these predictions proved to be untrue.So sadNederland played a poor game, but they produced a great result by beating the Fins in Helsinki. It is so sad that Lucius should have picked up this injury in his second official game for his country. He made a convincing debut against Romania last Saturday, following his impressive spell at PSV in the final stages of the campaign."The only advantage I can think of is that other players can now get used to the higher level. The squad that I have at my disposal is getting bigger, which is a satisfactory development”, explained Van Basten. Dogged by bad luck Joris Mathijsen (knee) and Jan Kromkamp (ankle) had been earlier forced to withdraw from the squad.