Feyenoord will almost certainly start on Wednesday evening with Justin Bijlow under the bar in the Conference League final against AS Roma. The keeper has fully recovered from his foot injury.
“Justin is doing very well. He has now trained with the group for over a week and that went very well. If he gets through the training well, I think he will play,” said trainer Arne Slot on Tuesday at his press conference in Tirana.
Bijlow, 24-year-old, had to undergo surgery on his foot in March and has not played for Feyenoord since. The goalkeeper resumed group training last week at the training camp in Lagos, Portugal. He hasn’t had any recoil since then.
Bijlow’s return comes at an excellent time for Feyenoord. Second keeper Ofir Marciano has been under the bar in recent months, but the 32-year-old Israeli did not make a good impression as a replacement for Bijlow.
Justin is our first choice
In November, when Bijlow was also missing once, stand-in Marciano led to a loss of points against Slavia Prague (2-2) with a too short play-in pass. Also in the last league match of the season, against FC Twente (1-2), the routine did not look good with both goals against.
“Ofir has done well in the last few games”, Slot nevertheless believes. “But Justin is our first choice. He is a good quality keeper and – although I do not want to sit in the chair of the national coach – the first choice at Orange.”
Not only Bijlow can be played against AS Roma: Slot can, to his own surprise after 53 official games this season, have a fully fit selection. “That’s the special and clever thing about both the players and the medical staff.”
The final between Feyenoord and AS Roma in Tirana starts on Wednesday at 9 p.m. and is led by Romanian referee István Kovács.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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