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The Dutch handball players have to do without Estavana Polman at the Olympics.

The star player has not recovered in time from a serious knee injury.

Polman was injured during the match of her team Esbjerg against Odense, in the semi-finals of the Danish championship.

"After an extensive analysis with the medical team, I have decided, with a heavy heart, not to participate in the Olympics," she said via Instagram.

She previously estimated her chance of making it to the Games at two percent.

It concerns the knee of which she tore the cruciate ligament a little less than a year ago.

After a rehabilitation of eight months, Polman made her comeback in March.

The 28-year-old from Arnhem is one of the most important players of the Orange squad.

In 2019, Polman was named best player of the World Cup in Japan, where the Orange took gold.

Without the injured build-up player, the Netherlands finished disappointingly sixth at the European Championship last year.

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Teammates carry injured Polman off the field