Jones resumed training with the Team but remains a question mark
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones will resume Friday training, but it is still uncertain whether the Australian Sunday on Woudestein can play in the stadsderby against Excelsior.
“It’s going to be better with Jones, better than the last few days”, said Feyenoord-trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst Friday at a press conference before the training. “He is going to take the field. Or the duel of Sunday is feasible we have today and tomorrow to wait and see.”
The first keeper of the Rotterdam fell last week, injuring his back, making him the first league game against FC Twente (2-1) last Sunday had to miss. Jones worked Wednesday and Thursday largely a binnenprogramma off the reigning champion.
Against FC Twente the third goalkeeper Justin Bijlow under the crossbar for Feyenoord, because Kenneth Vermeer due to a hand injury about two months can not play.
Bart Nieuwkoop is anyway not in action against Excelsior. The right back, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, according to Van Bronckhorst, only after the interlandperiode of the end of this month and early next month to be fit enough for the races.
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Van Bronckhorst was during the press conference reminded of the uitduel with Excelsior last season. In the penultimate round lost to Feyenoord on the artificial turf in the eastern districts with less than 3-0, leaving the kampioensfeest a week delayed.
“I have this week no time teruggedacht to that race”, said Van Bronckhorst. “It was a different game than normal. We know which it came: the interests and the press.”
Feyenoord knew a co by that defeat against Excelsior none of his last three Eredivisiewedstrijden on artificial turf to win (one draw, two defeats). Van Bronckhorst said Friday, not for the first time his preference for natural grass.
“You are accustomed to on the grass to play a certain game, what artificial grass can’t,” said the trainer. “In the end is artificial grass just different than real grass, but we have also achieved good results on grass.”
Was Van Bronckhorst know that the field is sprayed. “We won’t play on a dry field. There are agreements made about it”, referring to the 42-year-old coach at a collective appointment of Eredivisieclubs that the artificial grass required and sprayed.
Excelsior-Feyenoord starts Sunday at 12.30 pm and is led by referee Björn Kuipers.
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