Van Marwijk is desperately hoping to be able to play Paul Bosvelt en Patrick Paauwe. Feyenoord’s captain has been fighting a pulled muscle in his upper thigh and Paauwe’s hamstrings are playing up. Both participated in final training before the game. Paul is feeling good and Patrick will take the final test on Saturday. Thomas Buffel was lightly injured in the Belgium-Estonia game, but Van Marwijk is counting on the young Belgian’s presence on Saturday as normal.
Kees van Wonderen is a major question mark as the defender’s ill. ' Kees shouldn’t really have come to the training session’ van Marwijk said. ‘But he recognised that we’re in a spot of trouble so he came anyway. He went straight home after the training and we’ll have to wait and see whether he can make the trip to Arnhem. The fever that Shinji Ono had during his trip to Japan last week seems to have disappeared. 'Ono looks very fit’, the trainer said.
Van Hooijdonk is not fit. Van Marwijk has to count on four weeks absence. ‘After the game we had some photos taken of his ankle, and we couldn’t see a thing. He had some trouble on his return from Vienna, but Pierre expected to be able to play like normal. An echo now shows that he can’t even train, let alone play in the match.’ The question is who is going to replace Van Hooijdonk over the coming weeks. Kalou will be playing against Vitesse.
Van Marwijk did have a few words to say about the absence of the Legion in Arnhem, since Vitesse won’t allow more than 900 fans in the stadium, Feyenoord has decided to travel without fans. “It’s a disgrace that this sort of thing is possible in Holland. It’s very strange that the Legion won’t be there.” Thankfully Van Marwijk can still smile, despite all the setbacks. When asked by a Japanese journalist who’ll replace Pierre van Hooijdonk’s free kick spot, he replied blandly: 'Zoetebier'.
Based on Friday’s training session there is one change in the team. Robin van Persie seems to be taking Sebastián Pardo’s place for the game.
PROBABLE FEYENOORD TEAM
Zoetebier; Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe (Loovens/De Haan), Van Haaren; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie; Buffel (Bombarda) and Kalou.
Ruud Bossen is referee for Vitesse - Feyenoord.
PREVIOUS TEN MATCHES
17/11/2001 Feyenoord - Vitesse 3-2
20/12/2000 Feyenoord - Vitesse 2-0
12/10/1999 Feyenoord - Vitesse 0-0
23/5/1999 Feyenoord - Vitesse 2-1
10/3/1999 Feyenoord - Vitesse 2-1
17/2/2002 Vitesse - Feyenoord 2-1
4/3/2001 Vitesse - Feyenoord 0-0
13/2/2000 Vitesse - Feyenoord 3-3
13/12/1998 Vitesse - Feyenoord 1-1
3/5/1998 Vitesse - Feyenoord 2-1