Team news: Nieuwkoop resumes group training

Bart Nieuwkoop joined the squad for a full training season on Friday. However, it remains unclear whether the right back, who missed the match against sc Heerenveen with hamstring problems, will be available for selection against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday. ‘We have to see how Bart responds to training today and whether we can use him on Sunday,’ said head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst in Friday afternoon’s press conference at De Kuip.

Miquel Nelom will certainly not be in the squad for Sunday’s short trip across Rotterdam. The left back is advancing in his recovery from injury, but Sparta has come too early for him. Tyrell Malacia replaced him on Wednesday against Heerenveen and in the recent Champions League win against Napoli.

Another left back, Ridgeciano Haps, will miss Sunday’s derby match. He will not be available for selection until after the winter break. The same goes for Eric Botteghin and Jan-Arie van der Heijden.

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