After last week’s nip and tuck win against RBC, Feyenoord come up against more alphabet soup Sunday at the Kuip when RKC come to town. Bert van Marwijk looked like having to do without Van Hooijdonk and Van Persie for a match that sees third play fourth, but timely interventions by the disciplinarians at the FA mean that both are available. But in another must-win game, the coach will be forced to improvise at the back.

Gérard de Nooijer has claimed a regular position in the middle of defence since his move to the Kuip. His success is founded on mental strength and tenacity, but a pulled hamstring at Utrecht has stopped De Nooijer in his tracks and the player trained only once this past week, so he’s unlikely to start. Eternal substitute Glenn Loovens is also running half-cocked, with a groin strain that saw him limp out of Saturday training early. The focus now switches to the medical staff whose job it is to patch up De Nooijer or Loovens on time. Hopes are not high. That means Bert van Marwijk will have to cut his cloth accordingly at the back, where Patrick Paauwe will most likely move up a rung to central defence. The recent win against Vitesse showed that Tomasz Rzasa is still a reliable option at leftback in his stead. Alternatively, the coach may opt to partner Kees van Wonderen with Christian Gyan in the middle or even try the Ghanaian or Korean Chong-Gug Song at leftback. HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 11 MAY 2003 FEYENOORD-RKC WAALWIJK Venue: Kuip Kickoff: 2.30pm Teams Feyenoord Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa (Gyan); Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie; Buffel, Van Hooijdonk RKC Van Dijk; Boulahrouz, Nikiforov, Teixeira, Peppinck; Van Diemen, Fuchs, De Graef, Van der Leegte; Hoogendorp, Putter History 31 March 2002 Feyenoord - RKC Waalwijk 1-1 9 September 2000 Feyenoord - RKC Waalwijk 3-1 26 September 1999 Feyenoord - RKC Waalwijk 1-2 24 February 1999 Feyenoord - RKC Waalwijk 1-0 2 November 1997 Feyenoord - RKC Waalwijk 2-1 23 November 2002 RKC Waalwijk – Feyenoord 1-0 28 November 2001 RKC Waalwijk – Feyenoord 2-3 1 April 2001 RKC Waalwijk – Feyenoord 2-0 2 April 2000 RKC Waalwijk – Feyenoord 2-2 10 December 1998 RKC Waalwijk - Feyenoord 0-5 12 April 1998 RKC Waalwijk – Feyenoord 3-2
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