KARIM SAIDI BACK ON THE TRAINING PITCH

Karim Saidi hooked up with his Feyenoord squad-mates for training Tuesday after a week away from De Kuip. The defender was on the bench when Tunisia and Morocco played out a 1-1 draw in a World Cup/African Cup of Nations Group Five qualifier in Rabat Saturday night. ‘They weren’t so pleased that I did not go to the Olympics,’ explained Saidi. ‘It’s a pity. But at Feyenoord I’ll show that I deserve a first-team place.’

Patrick Lodewijks, Sebastián Pardo and Gerson Magrão all missed Tuesday training. Lodewijks has been troubled by his calf, but expects to be back in training within days. Pardo has pulled a hamstring, while Magrão is still recovering from the knock he picked up on reserve team duty last week. He too hopes to rejoin the rest of the squad sometimes this week.

Pascal Bosschaart has a minor knee problem and didn’t train with the ball Tuesday, but the Belgian asserted that there was no reason for concern. ‘I couldn’t get my football boots on this morning, that’s why I trained in running shoes. I expect to be back in full training Thursday.’

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