‘The result at Willem II is not significant any more and it is important that we prepare as well as possible for the UEFA Cup final,’ said the boss. ‘It also gives a number of players the chance to recover from their injuries.’ That certainly goes for Patrick Paauwe and Robin van Persie. Paauwe hooked up with Oranje physio Leo Echteld during the week to mend his crocked ankle, while Feyenoord physio Daan Spanjersberg worked on Van Persie’s back. ‘Both players are expected to join up with the group Monday,’ explained Van Marwijk.
Bearing in mind the ineligibility of Brett Emerton Wednesday through suspension it’s little wonder he plays. Tomasz Rzasa and Paul Bosvelt are also expected to start. The two internationals want to keep their momentum going up to the final and would rather play than sit things out. Otherwise Feyenoord will be prop full of players on the fringes of the squad. Johan Elmander, Leo dos Santos, Igor Korneev, Henk Timmer, Ferry de Haan, Civard Sprockel, Chris Gyan and Leonardo are all bound to play.
They’ll need to be at their best. Willem II haven’t lost at home to Feyenoord for five seasons and coach Hans Westerhof’s side can secure a berth in the Intertoto cup with three points. So despite the uncommon personnel, it looks to be a game with quite a lot at stake, especially on the personal level.
Martin; Jaliens, J. Mathijsen, Van Nieuwstadt, Mariana; D. Mathijssen, Sektioui, Landzaat, Caluwé; Bombarda, Shoukov
Timmer; Gyan, De Haan, Sprockel, Rzasa; Dos Santos, Bosvelt, Emerton, Leonardo; Korneev, Elmander