FERRY DE HAAN TO MISS RANGERS CLASH

The Battle of the North Sea, which commences in Glasgow Thursday has come too soon for Ferry de Haan. The defender has been laid low with a groin injury for weeks and will wait for the pain to subside completely before resuming full training. Christian Gyan too is doubtful for Thursday. The Ghanaian picked up a knock on his knee at the weekend and trained on his own Tuesday.

“Obviously, it’s a real sickener to have to miss the big one at Ibrox Thursday, but you just have to be really patient with an injury like this. So I’m just resting right now to make sure I’ll be able to continue for years to come,” De Haan explained. “I’ve heard enough stories about players who came back too soon after an injury like this and then had problems footballing later on. That’s why I’d rather not play for two months, so I can do so for the next five years. “It’s a pity bearing in mind we are going into a very important phase, starting with the game at Rangers. I would have liked to play opposite Flo. He is a big striker and it would have been a great aerial battle. Oh well. Christian Gyan has proved these last few games what a very good defender he is. It’s not only a huge challenge for him, it’ll be a fantastic game for every player. The Scots will be very opportunistic at the start. If we foil the first wave of attacks then I’d give Feyenoord every chance. But it’s going to be very tricky.”
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