Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovann...
As reported by this website, Shinji Ono is currently staying in Japan with the permission of Feyenoord’s technical and medical staff. The midfielder is recovering from a broken metatarsus under the professional guidance of Dr Sadao Niga, the club doctor of Urawa Reds and has permission to return to Feyenoord only when he is ready to rejoin squad training. The target date for Ono’s return to Rotterdam – 22 August – has been known for sometime.
Given the good progress being made, this date still looks feasible, although the doctors are aware that any setback in the rehab can push back that date. Ono and doctor Niga on the one hand and Feyenoord club doctor Robbart van Linschoten and the technical staff at De Kuip on the other are maintaining extensive contacts with respect to the player’s rehab situation.
Despite reports to the contrary in some media Tuesday, Ono has at no time refused to return to Holland. ‘Shinji is completely fired up and is working very hard on his recovery,’ says the player’s agent Chiel Dekker. ‘The wish and ambition to try something else at some time is a totally separate thing. He told Mark Wotte that before the summer and after four years at the club no one would blame him, I think. But the fact is that no transfer has been arranged yet. As long as Shinji is under contract at Feyenoord he will give this club 100%. As he always has. I even think that the supporters can expect a stronger Ono coming back.’