Onana, Siem de Jong & Mazraoui question marks for Sparta

Onana, Siem de Jong & Mazraoui question marks for Sparta

Andre Onana, Siem de Jong and Noussair Mazraoui are not 100% fit, and for this reason, are question marks for the game at Sparta Rotterdam.  Erik ten Hag explained this during Friday’s press conference.  “Andre’s Achilles tendon has a slight irritation.  He didn’t train today as a precaution, but I expect him at kick-off on Sunday.”

Race against the clock
Things look less optimistic for Siem de Jong.  “Siem didn’t train today, he has a foot injury”, said Ten Hag.  “The game against Sparta will be a race against the clock for him.”

Mazraoui, brand-new member of the A selection, will definitely not see action on Sunday at Het Kasteel.  “Noussair has a problem with his adductors.  I don’t think he’ll be ready for Sunday.”

Frenkie de Jong
Ten Hag spoke of another player who’s been out with an injury: Frenkie de Jong.  “Frenkie’s recovery is on schedule, he’ll be able to play this season again.  I’m positive about this.  But I can’t say exactly when he’ll return.”

Kluivert in Dutch team
But it wasn’t all gloom and doom at the Toekomst.  There was good news for Justin Kluivert: the winger got the news on Friday afternoon that he had been selected for the Dutch national team for the first time.  “It’s amazing for Justin”, said Ten Hag.  “Obviously, he’s happy and euphoric.  I sait to him: let this be a good motivation for Sunday.  But I completely trust that this will be the case.  Justin is a fighter and always wants to win.  He knows what’s at stake.”