Heitinga added to Dutch squad
By Jeffrey Glorie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Heitinga has been added to Holland's squad as cover for Joris Mathijsen.
John Heitinga has been added to Holland's squad to face England as cover for Joris Mathijsen.
Hamburg defender Mathijsen is receiving treatment for a facial injury suffered during a training session on Tuesday.
Oranje coach Marco van Basten expects Mathijsen to play in the friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA, but has drafted in Heitinga as back-up.
"He got a slap on his nose," Van Basten told ANP of Mathijsen's injury.
"The nose wasn't broken, but has been put straight in the hospital.
"Joris can play against England, but to be sure we have called up Heitinga because we will have to wait and see how it will be with Mathijsen tomorrow."
Heitinga had been included in Van Basten's provisional squad for the game, but was dropped when the party was cut to 20 names last week.