Sarina Wiegman will give Lieke Martens as long as possible to prove her fitness as Netherlands get ready for World Cup final against the USA.

Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman admits she still does not know if Lieke Martens will be fit for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final against the United States (Netherlands 7/2 to lift trophy, USA 1/5).

The reigning European champions booked their place in a first-ever Women’s World Cup final after beating Sweden 1-0 after extra-time in the last four on Wednesday, but they will be underdogs when they come up against defending champions the USA at Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Match Betting – USA 4/9, Draw 10/3, Netherlands 13/2).

Holland’s hopes of causing an upset have not been helped due to the fitness concerns surrounding Barcelona midfielder Martens, who was forced off at half-time during the victory over Sweden with a toe injury.

Martens has not returned to training since picking up that problem, although Wiegman remains hopeful that the 26-year-old will be able to play some part in Sunday’s final.

“She is preparing for the game. We are not sure if she can start, but we are working on it,” said Wiegman. “We don’t know the outcome yet so we will decide on Sunday morning.”

The Dutch are bidding to win a second successive major international title following their triumph at Euro 2017 and Wiegman believes their recent success is down to the progress the women’s game has made in Holland over recent years.

“The potential has been in the Netherlands for a long time,” Wiegman added. “The facilities weren’t there but since 2007 since the Eredivisie started and the players could train more they developed so much that they improved.

“At big tournaments they develop even more. They make transfers to big clubs in Europe. Most of the players have been at a couple of big tournaments so they believe more now.”

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