What better way to illustrate Ramon van Haaren’s recent medical history than to report the player’s relative contentment when he heard his most recent injury will keep him out for ‘only’ six weeks? But coach Van Marwijk is still smarting from the loss of his number one left back. The unavailability of Ferne Snoyl, Gérard de Nooijer and Chong-Gug Song compounds the problem. The Korean left for his homeland Thursday due to international commitments. The only fit candidates are Swerts and Jean, although the latter has yet to start a competitive match. Chris Gyan is still not fully fit, but he could play nevertheless.
Further up the park, Shinji Ono looked to have shaken off his ankle injury, but the Japanese international got a reaction Friday and is not certain to be there at kick-off.
The unavailability of key players doesn’t help Van Marwijk, who knows that his team must bounce back after a distressing home defeat in midweek. ‘I kept the post-match talk very short,’ revealed the coach. ‘I told the lads that they should be very disappointed and that we can reflect on this for a while. But on the other hand, we could have won those last three games, because we let ourselves down every time. I’ve said it before, but we are missing too many chances. So a match like the one against AZ is terrible for our confidence. What we have to do about it? Basically it’s really simple: make sure we win on Sunday. I don’t care how we do it.’
HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2004
ADO DEN HAAG-FEYENOORD
Kick-off: 12.30 pm
Venue: Zuiderpark stadium, The Hague
Lodewijks; Swerts, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Jean; Smolarek, Pardo, Schreuder, Van Persie; Buffel, Kuyt.
ADO Den Haag
De Vries; Mensah, Saavedra, Van As, El-Akchaoui; Toda, Van der Leegte, Oulida; Castelen, Simons, Van der Gun.