Friday training

Feyenoord will field a rather unusual team against Vitesse on Saturday. In spite of two weeks of relative rest, the Rotterdammers are missing a half dozen players. Due to injuries and Brett Emerton’s international obligations trainer Bert van Marwijk will probably give youth international Civard Sprockel his debut. Van Marwijk is confident that the 18-year old Sprockel can handle it. 'Civard is ready.'

Jean-Paul van Gastel, Pieter Collen, Tininho, Patrick Paauwe, Ulrich van Gobbel and Ramon van Haaren are all unavailable for Saturday night’s encounter due to injuries. Glenn Loovens has just recovered from a shin fracture and so the Feyenoord’s trainer is forced to throw the young Civard into the ring. 'We took him to the training camp in Portugal last year. But it was very clear he wasn’t ready for it then. However, these last twelve months he has come on leaps and bounds and he is has earned his chance. He is a good defender but he also has a good all-round technique.' Probable team for Saturday's match: Zoetebier; Gyan, Sprockel, De Haan, Rzasa; Kalou, Van Wonderen (De Visser), Bosvelt, Elmander; Van Hooijdonk en Tomasson.
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