Injury boost for Opdam
By Martijn de Groote
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barry Opdam expects to be back in action in a fortnight.Barry Opdam has been handed a boost with the news that he suffered no serious damage to his knee at the weekend.
The AZ Alkmaar midfielder was stretchered off against Willem II, with the club initially fearful he had seriously damaged ligaments in a challenge with Kevin Bobson.
Doctors were initially unable to perform an MRI scan due to the amount of swelling around the joint, but the inflammation subsided during the week - allowing tests to be undertaken.
The scan revealed just a minor strain and Opdam expects to be back in full training in a fortnight.
Opdam has revealed that he initially felt the injury would rule him out of the World Cup finals next summer.
"Thoughts like that run through your mind when you are lying there," he said on the club website. "Anyway, it is a big relief.
"I think I will be back on the field very soon. It will depend on the rehabilitation but I expect to train with the group within two weeks."
The news on Tim de Cler is not so positive, with reports suggesting the defender suffered a tear to his hamstring during training on Wednesday.
It is believed that the defender will be out of action for a month.