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Koeman previews Sunday's game at Sparta Rotterdam (

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PSV head coach Ronald Koeman announced at the weekly media briefing that he will announce an eighteen-man squad on Saturday, following the final training session ahead of Sunday's Eredivisie game against Sparta Rotterdam. Ibrahim Afellay and Manuel da Costa are making good progress in their recovery from injuries but Sunday's game at Sparta has come too soon for them to return.

The positive news is that all players have come unscathed through the Champions League game against Fenerbah├že SK. Afellay (broken toe), Culina (knee) and Da Costa (knee) are all ruled out of Sunday's game. 'It is hard to tell when exactly Afellay will join the squad for full training. He is training separately from the squad, but Sunday's game comes too soon for him to return. Culina is stepping up his rehabilitation programme, but is likely to miss the return leg against Fenerbah├že. Da Costa is not making progress and will go to hospital for further examination', said Koeman.
The spitting incident in which Eric Addo was involved was raised as a topic as well. 'Eric himself realises only too well this should never have happened. We will not appeal to the ban handed to him by the UEFA. But I hasten to add that there were more incidents of gross unsporting conduct. One of their players consciously stamped on Jan Kromkamp, which is a most disgraceful thing. Addo has been punished on the basis of television evidence. My reaction: please have a close look at some more incidents.'

PSV drew 1-1 in last season's corresponding match at the Sparta Stadium. 'We only had ourselves to blames. Once we had taken a 1-0 lead we started to defend deeply rather than surge forward and kill off the game. Sparta did not deserve to lose their last few games. They shared honours at home with strong teams the likes of Ajax and AZ. But they are sometimes sloppy in defence and that's where we must take advantage.'