ACUÑA SET FOR FIRST START

Jorge Acuña makes his Feyenoord debut in this evening’s Maspalomas international tournament game with Sturm Graz. The game goes live on Eurosport in much of Europe including the UK (Kickoff 7.30 CET). The Chilean gets his chance as Feyenoord are forced to do without Bosvelt, Song, Collen, Paauwe and Van Haaren. The prize is a final date with 1FC Nürnberg Thursday, who out-penaltied Rosenborg in the tournament opener Monday.

It’s Bosvelt and Song who are the cause of most stress in the Feyenoord camp right now. The medics hope to treat Bosvelt’s fibula today to allow the Dutch international to return to training by the end of the week, but don’t hold your breath. Only the next few days will tell how the injury develops. Song’s ankle is still off-key, and the Korean cannot manage much more than some gym work. ‘There is some improvement and Song is making progress every day,’ said club doctor Van Linschoten, ‘but it’s a step by step approach we have.’ Injuries are not the only motivation for Acuña’s debut mind. The Chilean deserves the chance he’s getting, after some hard work in training. ‘Early on he was a little reserved,’ Bert van Marwijk explained. ‘He’s starting to gradually shake that off. I think he could still be a little more fierce on the pitch, because I tend to feel his game will only benefit from that. I spoke about it with his fellow countryman Sebastian Pardo and he also feels that we still have to see the best of Jorge Acuna. But for now the lad is progressing well.’
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