AERTS WANTED TO BE REPLACED

Speaking after Feyenoord’s 4-2 success against FC Twente Sunday, Erwin Koeman explained that Maikel Aerts asked to be substituted during half time after handing the visitors a 38th-minute equaliser. ‘He said that he wasn’t feeling good. It was an enormous mental knock and if it affects one person then that’s Aerts. Subject to fitness Sherif Ekramy will be first-choice keeper until Patrick Lodewijks is fit again. I cannot yet say whether I’ll have Aerts on the bench against Heerenveen on Friday,’ says the Koeman.

Patrick Lodewijks is not expected to be available for selection until the last match of the regular season at home to RBC Roosendaal on 16 April at the earliest. 

The coach also took the time to express his satisfaction at how his team got this back on track after throwing away a two-goal lead. ‘Despite the blow we suffered with the equaliser the team approached things with great professionalism in the second half. That is worth a compliment.’

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