THREE POINTS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE RETURN

These are testing times for Feyenoord. Defeat at home to Teplice in the UEFA Cup came four days after a fiasco in Groningen that saw the Rotterdammers throw away a 3-0 lead in the second half, So Sunday’s visit to Volendam’s Veronica Stadium must put Feyenoord’s season back on track. Injuries have not helped, but there’s no time for self-pity. ‘Whether we play 4-4-2, 10-1 or 1-10, we have to win,’ admitted coach Van Marwijk.

Feyenoord will likely have to do without Shinji Ono, who limped out of Thursday’s game with a knee injury. Ono joins Van Haren in the treatment room. The defender looked to be ready to return to action after turning out for the reserves against Ajax at the start of the week. ‘Afterwards he said that he hadn’t played so free of pain for two years,’ declared Van Marwijk. He felt no effects on Tuesday. It was only on Wednesday that he felt something. He developed fluid on the knee. It’s a big disappointment.’ Gérard de Nooijer is also unavailable. The left back’s knee will take a while to heal and so the defender will be missing Hossam Ghaly and Jorge ‘Kike’ Acuña are both doubtful. The silver lining is provided by Kees van Wonderen, who came through the second half against Teplice without a hitch, so he may find himself in the team. The player lacks match sharpness however and Van Marwijk rates Van Wonderen as no more than an ‘option.’ The coach added youngster Reinhard Breinburg to his squad last week due to a lack of defenders, but whether there’ll be a repeat this week is unclear. ‘I don’t know yet whether I’ll be taking anyone to Volendam,’ stated Van Marwijk Friday. ‘It depends on whether Kees plays. But if I take anyone from the reserves, it’ll be Breinburg again.’ Leonardo may play in place of Ono, if the Japanese is unable to start, while Lurling looks like getting a place in the first eleven after being hauled off within six minutes midweek, after Gill Swerts’s red card forced Van Marwijk to change things around. Holland casino Eredivisie FC Volendam–Feyenoord Sunday 9 November 2003 Veronica Stadium 12.30 pm kick-off Feyenoord Zoetebier; Swerts, Van den Berg, Paauwe, Snoyl; Van Wonderen, Buffel, Schreuder, Lurling; Kuyt, Leonardo (Ono). Volendam Van Westerop, Wilson, Breinburg, Kras, Koning; Salden, Tuyp, Buys, Bridji; Faria, Ouhsaine Ouichou. Referee: Jol History De Kuip 29/3/1998 Feyenoord–FC Volendam 5-0 25/8/1996 Feyenoord–FC Volendam 3-0 10/9/1995 Feyenoord–FC Volendam 5-1 30/10/1994 Feyenoord–FC Volendam 5-2 8/9/1993 Feyenoord–FC Volendam 2-0 De Dijk (Veronica Stadium) 9/11/1997 FC Volendam–Feyenoord 0-0 16/2/1997 FC Volendam–Feyenoord 0-2 21/1/1996 FC Volendam–Feyenoord 0-3 2/4/1995 FC Volendam–Feyenoord 0-3 20/2/1994 FC Volendam–Feyenoord 0-1
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