Kuyt out of Holland squad

Image: Kuyt: Ankle pain

Dirk Kuyt has withdrawn from Holland's clash against Turkey after feeling pain in his troublesome ankle.

Striker returns to Liverpool after ankle pain

Dirk Kuyt has withdrawn from Holland's clash against Turkey on Wednesday after feeling some further pain following his recent ankle problem. Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has decided not to risk playing the Liverpool forward for the friendly international in Amsterdam and Kuyt has now returned to the club's Melwood training ground. The Reds will now monitor the 30-year-old's fitness as he only returned to action last week from four weeks out with the injury suffered while on international duty. Having started three games in eight days for Liverpool, Kuyt is still feeling the injury and will not be risked by Van Marwijk. The Dutch coach said: "Dirk will be missing for the friendly. He has too much pain from his ankle. I knew it was going to be a tight race for him to be involved but he thought it would be OK. "He really wanted to play. That said a lot about his attitude. But it has been decided that it is best for him to withdraw." Roy Hodgson will hope to have Kuyt back in time for Saturday's visit of rock-bottom West Ham.


Meanwhile, full-back Fabio Aurelio has handed Hodgson a boost after playing 75 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday night. The Brazilian has been sidelined with Achilles and groin problems but admits he is now itching for a chance to get back in the starting XI and help the Reds reach the top four. He told the club's official website: "I feel good and I'm ready to work hard for the manager. "It's always great to play at Anfield and I want to help the team get back to winning ways."

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