WILL 13 MAKE IT 14 IN TILBURG?

Bert van Marwijk’s squad has been hit by injuries and suspensions in the run up to Sunday’s vital Eredivisie game at Willem II. So much so that the coach is down to the bare bones as Feyenoord aim for the fourteenth win on the spin against the league’s tenth placed club. ‘I only have thirteen guys left over. So I’ll be adding one or two youth players to the squad,’ confirmed Van Marwijk.

Above and beyond the usual suspects, Van Marwijk is without Gérard de Nooijer, Robin van Persie and Anthony Lurling (all suspended) and the injured Shinji Ono. The coach had hoped that his Japanese star would make the cut, but reality bites. Ono ventured outside late in the week but: ‘It didn’t work out at all,’ according to Van Marwijk. ‘I had secretly hoped he would be able to play. I am assuming that he will fit for the cup final.’ Despite the inconvenience, the boss isn’t expending too much brainpower thinking about the absentees. ‘Who you don’t have isn’t relevant. It’s a fact and we have to try to get over it.’ ‘I would have liked to take Salomon Kalou and Jordan Opoku, but they aren’t eligible. I am captivated by Salomon, he is very like his brother. But he is naturally better in defence. I’ve seen him five or six times now in training and he’s making an impression. I’m glad he’s here and there’s a chance he will be in the squad next season.’ Van Marwijk was unwilling to talk transfers at the pre-match meet the press, but one thing is clear and that is that Glenn Loovens needs to get some games under his belt next campaign. ‘It would be good for him to play in another team. And if Glenn leaves I may recall Olfers. He’s done well at Excelsior for a few years. But that will only happen if Glenn goes.’ It looks like Van Marwijk will hand first team starts to Tomasz Rzasa and Sebastián Pardo. The Pole comes in for Patrick Paauwe, who reverts to central defence to replace De Nooijer. Pardo can look forward to a leftside appearance. It’s the Chilean’s first start since mid April against Vitesse, which also happens to be Rzasa’s last game. Feyenoord won that match by the way. HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 25 May 2003 WILLEM II-FEYENOORD Venue: Willem II Stadium Kickoff: 2.30 pm Probable teams Willem II De Vlieger; Jaliens, Van Nieuwstadt, Mathijsen, Wau; Van der Gun, Landzaat, Caluwé, Ceesay; Shoukov, Sektioui Feyenoord Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Kalou, Bosvelt, Acuña, Pardo; Buffel, Van Hooijdonk. History 5/5/2002 Willem II – Feyenoord 0-0 11/3/2001 Willem II – Feyenoord 3-1 20/2/2000 Willem II – Feyenoord 2-1 21/3/1999 Willem II – Feyenoord 4-1 19/10/1997 Willem II – Feyenoord 2-0 26/10/2002 Feyenoord – Willem II 5-1 25/11/2001 Feyenoord – Willem II 3-1 26/11/2000 Feyenoord – Willem II 1-0 1/12/1999 Feyenoord – Willem II 1-0 26/9/1998 Feyenoord – Willem II 3-2
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