BRUINS AND HOFS DOUBTS AGAINST CHAMPIONS

Bert van Marwijk is faced with some tough decisions between now and the moment he’s expected to fill out his team sheet in Eindhoven Sunday. Luigi Bruins and Nicky Hofs are carrying slight injuries and both players trained separately from the rest of the squad Friday. Bruins turned his ankle In Tuesday training, while Hofs is troubled by a painful knee. ‘Right now I have no idea whether they will available. I was pleased enough that they were back on the training pitch today,’ admitted Van Marwijk Friday. The coach was able to give clearer news on Sherif Ekramy, though it wasn’t good. The second-choice keeper will be out of action for the next few weeks with a shoulder problem. Erwin Mulder takes the Egyptian’s place on the bench.

The unavailability of Ron Vlaar will likely force Van Marwijk to bring Serginho Greene back into his squad sooner than planned. Greene is back to rude health after six months of injury torment, but lacks match fitness. The original plan was to allow the defender to get up to speed in the reserves first, ‘but there’s a fair chance I’ll be bring him into straight away. Needs must in this type of situations,’ said Van Marwijk.

Ekramy has been increasingly troubled by his shoulder in recent days, which has made it difficult for the keeper to stretch. ‘He’ll be following a personalised training regime with physiotherapy,’ explained Van Marwijk. It’s hoped the problem will be eradicated within a couple of weeks.
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