COMPETITION IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

Feyenoord may be well behind in the title race but there will certainly be lots to play for when Roda JC visit De Kuip Sunday. Some have been away longer than others, but Ghaly, Gibbs and Bosschaart all return to the fray and will be looking for a place in the first eleven rather than a seat on the bench, or even in the stands. Ruud Gullit is certainly happy to have a few more choices: ‘It’s a fight for a place in the squad, which is only good for the team.’

Training was oriented to fitness during the week after last week’s match at FC Den Bosch was postponed. ‘We trained the physical side of things,’ explained Gullit. ‘We specifically concentrated on fitness and worked on things like starting speed.’

The week also saw the return of Hossam Ghaly after a month on the sidelines. ‘He’s fit but he’s lacking match rhythm. But that’s something else,’ the coach admits.

Cory Gibbs is not short of match rhythm, but an apparent serious injury in training Monday looked like putting him out of contention. Four days on however Gullit was able to confirm that the American would be able to start. ‘That’s good news. When we saw the bump on his lower leg we feared a break. But after an examination in the hospital he was shown to have severe bruising. He can play against Roda.’

Pascal Bosschaart is also available for selection, although a place in the starting line-up is not a given. The Rotterdam-born Bosschaart has spent the past two weeks in a hospital bed undergoing a treatment of antibiotics for an infected leg wound. He’s physically healthy, but his fitness has obviously taken a knock after a fortnight without training.

So Gullit is expected to start with the same eleven that played in the 4-0 drumming of NAC Breda. That means Ono will start and Paauwe won’t, while Salomon Kalou is likely to retain his place after his NAC brace.


HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE
Feyenoord–Roda JC
Sunday 13 March, 14:30 at De Kuip
Referee: Vink

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Östlund, Saidi, Gibbs, Basto; Castelen, Ono, Hofs, Goor; Kuyt, Kalou. 
Roda JC: Kujovic; Bodnar, Kah, Luijpers, Filipovic; Van Dijk, Sergio, Vicelich, Colinet; Cissé (Cristiano), Koné.

LAST TEN MEETINGS

28/3/2004 Feyenoord–Roda JC 3-0
29/5/2003 Feyenoord–Roda JC 3-1
3/2/2002 Feyenoord–Roda JC 5-0
5/11/2000 Feyenoord–Roda JC 4-2
6/2/2000 Feyenoord–Roda JC 2-1

17/10/2004 Roda JC–Feyenoord 0-2
19/10/2003 Roda JC–Feyenoord 1-1
24/8/2002 Roda JC–Feyenoord 2-2
22/8/2001 Roda JC–Feyenoord 0-2
29/4/2001 Roda JC–Feyenoord 1-0

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