Rafael van der Vaart suffered ankle ligament damage in Netherlands 0-0 draw with Colombia on Tuesday night.

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vdv injuThe Hamburg midfielder was substituted before half time in the draw, after a horrible challenge from behind by Colombia’s Abel Aguilar.

After scans on the injury today, Hamburg released a statement that confirmed that there was ligament damage caused in the challenge and that Van der Vaart is set for a spell on the sidelines.

The statement read, “Rafael van der Vaart has suffered severe ligament injury in the right ankle. One of the interior ligaments in the foot is torn ligaments and he gas a torn outer ligament

“Much has been speculated about the severity of his injury, now it is clear that the ligaments were severely affected in his right foot and he will be missing for some time.”

Van der Vaart himself then took to Twitter to state the injury may see him out for 3-4 weeks, and he hoped to recover as soon as possible.

The 30-year-old has been in great form so far this season for Hamburg, scoring six goals in 12 league games, and the injury will be a major blow to the clubs coach Bert van Marwijk.

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