MASSIVE SUPPORT AT FIRST DAY OF TRAINING

The Feyenoord first-team squad returned to training Monday morning in front of around four thousand enthusiastic supporters. Most eyes were on the new faces, not least new coach Ruud Gullit. Fans have had to wait a long time to see Gullit lead a Feyenoord training session, after he agreed to join the club way back in December. The fans started arriving early to get a seat in one of the two specially constructed stands set up alongside the training pitch.

While there was much to see, as the fans waited for the session to get underway it was the new Feyenoord kit that got most attention.

The 21-man squad included new additions Babos, Bosschaart and Goor, though seven regulars were missing. Feyenoord’s new Tunisian acquisition Saidi was one of them. He’s still waiting to receive his work permit.

Hossam Ghaly was also absent, due to international commitments. The Egyptian started for his country in its 3-3 Germany 2006 qualifier away to Benin at the weekend.

Danko Lazovic was another absentee. He has hooked up with the Serbia-Montenegro squad ahead of the Kirin Cup in Japan and is not expected back until 15 July.

Long-term injuries kept Leonardo and Van Haaren out of their training gear. The two did call in at the stadium, but left before Gullit and the lads arrived. Leonardo is rehabbing in Zeist, Van Haaren in Amsterdam.

Anthony Lurling and Sebastian Pardo were at De Kuip, but they both worked indoors as they try to shake off injuries.

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