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16 mrt 2007 - Source:

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Ronald Koeman is pretty optimistic about the physical condition of <L CODE="C01">Heurelho da Silva Gomes</L>. The Brazilian goalkeeper will face a late test on Saturday, before the PSV head coach takes any decision. Koeman has named a nineteen-man squad for the game against Ajax, with goalkeeper <L CODE="C02">Ruud Boffin</L> acting as back-up.
19-year-old defender <L CODE="C03">Dirk Marcellis</L> has been called up to the squad again, with Alex rehabilitating in Brazil from a hamstring injury. Ronald Koeman informed media representatives that Gomes and <L CODE="C04">Patrick Kluivert</L> are doubtful for Sunday afternoon’s clash. “They will face late fitness tests. If Gomes is fit enough to play, he will start. If he is not, he won’t start. But I am optimistic about his return.” Koeman will not take a decision until after Saturday’s training session. The same goes for Patrick Kluivert, who is anxious to meet his former team mates. “He has resumed full training and I have read somewhere he is ready for the clash. I told him that I like natural born optimists a lot.” “It’s hard to predict what the game will look like. We’ll just have to wait and see”, was Koeman’s comment on the tie that could prove decisive in this season's title race. “I don’t think we feel any undue pressure. We have an eight-point lead, so I suppose the pressure is on Ajax. And I don’t know how to answer ‘what if’ questions. We all know that people’s moods in Amsterdam change rather quickly. They will travel to Eindhoven feeling confident following last weekend’s fine 4-1 win over FC Twente, but are bound to find out that PSV are hard to beat.”