Vermeer returns to match-day squad

Sunday sees the return of Kenneth Vermeer to the Feyenoord match-day squad. The keeper has been out since injuring his Achilles tendon at the start of the season.

In a meeting with the two keepers on Friday morning, which was also attended by goalkeeping coach Khalid Benlahsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst made it clear that Brad Jones would continue as the club’s first-choice between the sticks for the rest of this season. ‘I made that decision among other things based on how the team has manifested itself and how it is doing,’ said Van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon. ‘Kenneth has worked hard over the past months to get back to full fitness and we’re happy he’s back now. He understands that we are not going to make changes during this good run.’

Van Bronckhorst does have Nicolai Jørgensen available for Sunday’s match. The striker missed a couple of days’ training this week due to illness, but has recovered in time to be considered for the trip to ADO Den Haag. He was back training with the squad on Friday morning.

The head coach has yet to make a decision on whether Tonny Vilhena will play. The midfielder would be suspended for the visit of PSV next weekend if he picked up a yellow card on Sunday. ‘I’ll take that into consideration when making my decision,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘Whatever happens we will put out a team that plays to win.’

Simon Gustafson was sent off for the reserves on Monday, so Van Bronckhorst will have to do without his services in The Hague. Michiel Kramer also misses the match. He is serving out a punishment imposed by the club after failing to attend a training session. The striker will be brought back into the squad on Monday.

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