VAN MARWIJK EXPECTING MORE FROM ACUÑA

Feyenoord completed its first training session on Gran Canaria Sunday, as the temperature hovered around a pleasant 23 degrees with a smattering of cloud cover. Bert van Marwijk’s 25-man squad includes Jorge Acuña, and the coach is looking for the Chilean to manifest himself this week. Smolarek, Paauwe, Collen, Song and Van Haaren trained separately with fitness trainer Toine van de Goolberg. Ramon van Haaren later hooked up with the rest of the group.

Trainer Bert van Marwijk didn’t hide his delight about the way Van Haaren’s recovery is going. ‘It’s good to see that Ramon was able to take part without any apparent problems. That’s hopeful for the future. Although we do remain cautious with him. We’ll wait for any reaction and then decide along with him what he will be doing over the next few days. Until recently he wasn’t able to train twice a day. We’ll have to see if he can here on Gran Canaria.’ Van Marwijk was charmed by the conditions in which the first training session was held. ‘We have a pitch to ourselves that’s in relatively good condition. That was one of my stipulations, before we accepted the invitation. If it stays like this, we’ll be able to do a lot of work.’ The camp on Gran Canaria will give Van Marwijk an opportunity to form a better picture of Jorge Acuña, the Chilean player currently on trail at Feyenoord. ‘It’s too early to make a judgement on the lad,’ Van Marwijk said. ‘I’ll have to see him on the job a little longer. Up to now he’s made quite a good impression, but to be honest I think the lad can do better. He is still somewhat reserved. That only logical when you arrive at a new club for the first time. I think that we’ll only see the real Acuña when he shakes of that nervousness. At the end of the week I’m sure we’ll know more and we’ll be in a position to make a good evaluation.’
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