The weather was back on track Tuesday as Feyenoord trained in the Turkish sun after days of heavy rain. The climate change brought a smile to the face of Bert van Marwijk, although the coach isn’t exactly disappointed with the progress made in Anatolia up to now. ‘It’s almost a pity we have to go home on Thursday,’ admitted Van Marwijk in sun-drenched Lara. Feyenoord trained with a full complement alongside the team hotel.

The squad has now shaken off the last of its injuries. Edwin Zoetebier missed training due to a flu bug Monday, but returned Tuesday. The only player to train alone was Peter van den Berg. He worked together with rehab trainer Toine van de Goolberg in an attempt to get fit as fast as possible, although he doesn’t look like making Feyenoord’s first competitive game after the winter break. Assistant coach John Metgod has been linked with the head coaching position at RBC, but Metgod has denied any approach. ‘I know no more than what the Dutch press has written. I haven’t heard anything from RBC myself. If I’d be interested? I don’t want to think about that yet. I’d only do that if I was officially approached and that is not the case. But clearly I have the ambition to become head coach somewhere. I’ve never made a secret of that fact.’ Feyenoord are scheduled to take on Turkish league leaders Besiktas Wednesday, before jetting out of the country a day later. The game starts 6pm local time.

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