Verbeek: 'Wonderful to play games like this'Published on 28 maart 12, 00:00
Ortiz and Reijnen have been added to the lengthening list of absentees on Thursday. Roy Beerens is ruled out with injury for some weeks, while Nick Viergever serves a one-match ban. Etiënne Reijnen sustained an injury in a ridiculously harsh challenge from Nicklas Pedersen during the game of the AZ reserves against FC Groningen and Celso picked up a knock. Reijnen walks with crutches and Ortiz was stretchered off the pitch in the same match, said Verbeek.
Gertjan Verbeek has added the talented youth players Mattias Johansson, Thomas Lam and Giliano Wijnaldum to the senior squad. Verbeek: Im confident they can perform at their best level. These players are on the fringes of the first-team squad hoping to make the step soon. They deserve a chance to make a first-team appearance.
Altidore came off the bench to replace Charlison Benschop during AZ´s home game to RKC Waalwijk; the American will be included in the starting line-up against
Asked for his opinion about Thursdays opponents, Verbeek responded:
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Verbeek concluded by saying: Its wonderful to play games like this one. These are massive games that you play only a few times in your life. We are enjoying ourselves and every time we go out we are eager to find out how we will cope with difficult conditions. We will stick to our game plan and I think we can maybe surprise them. Irrespective of the result, we should walk off the field knowing we have given our all.