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Cocu and Gomes are match-fit (PSV.nl)

16 sep 2005 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV manager Guus Hiddink announced at the weekly Friday press briefing that PSV captain Phillip Cocu and goalkeeper Gomes are match fit and will make an appearance in the domestic league game against FC Groningen next Sunday. AlexAlex is ruled out of the FC Groningen tie. He is not troubled by cartilage problems any longer and his knee is not swollen, but it is still too early to tell the exact moment of his comeback. The Brazilian defender picked up the injury fifteen minutes from final time in the FC Utrecht encounter. The injuries that John de Jong and Mika Väyrynen have sustained appear to be more problematic. "They face a lengthy lay-off and I cannot possibly say when they will be back", said Hiddink. Ismail AissatiSo although Phillip Cocu was suffering from a knee problem, he will make an appearance on Sunday afternoon all the same. Gomes, who was having a slight groin problem, will also be included in the starting line-up against FC Groningen. Hiddink has named an eighteen-man squad for the trip to Groningen on Saturday afternoon. The squad will first train and then travel to the north of the Netherlands. Seventeen-year-old Ismail Aissati has again been called up. He was given his first minutes’ playing time in the Dutch top flight against Roda JC last weekend. Heavily armedHiddink predicted that FC Groningen will go to battle 'heavily armed'. "Matches against top clubs seem to release unprecedented power. So we cannot take our foot off the pedal." The PSV head coach briefly commented on the new move that Michael Lamey may make as a player of the national team of Nigeria. "He will surely benefit from the experience and become fully aware his potential capacities."The squad for the FC Groningen encounter:Goalkeepers: Gomes, ZoetebierDefenders: Addo, Ball, Lamey, Ooijer, ReizigerMidfielders: Aissati, Afellay, Cocu, Ferreyra, Lucius, SimonsForwards: Beasley, Farfán, Koné, Robert, Vennegoor of Hesselink