Posted: Sat March 23, 2013 8:04PM; Updated: Sat March 23, 2013 8:03PM

Wesley Sneijder to miss Romania game with groin injury

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Wesley Sneijder strained a groin muscle in the Netherlands' game against Estonia and will miss the team's next match on Tuesday.
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ROTTERDAM, March 23 (Reuters) - Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder will miss Tuesday's World Cup Group D qualifier at home to Romania because of a groin injury.

Coach Louis van Gaal has replaced the Galatasaray midfielder in his squad with AZ Alkmaar's Adam Maher, 19.

Sneijder, playing his first international since September, was forced off in the first half of Friday's 3-0 victory over group rivals Estonia in Amsterdam.

Rafael van der Vaart, who went on in his place, opened the scoring in the 46th minute before Robin van Persie and Ruben Schaken sealed the win.

"I pulled my groin muscle. It won't keep me sidelined for long but Tuesday's game comes too early," Sneijder told reporters.

The Dutch are top with 15 points after winning all five matches. Romania, in third, and second-placed Hungary are five points adrift. (Reporting by Theo Ruizenaar, editing by Tony Jimenez)

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