Van Persie returns to Dutch party

12 November 2010 12:19
Robin van Persie has been named in the Holland squad for next week's friendly against Turkey after recovering from an ankle injury.

Van Persie had missed more than two months with an ankle injury before returning as a substitute for Arsenal against Newcastle last weekend, although he didn't make it off the bench against Wolves in midweek.

Mark van Bommel is also in the squad, setting up another possible confontation between his club Bayern Munich and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB).

Van Bommel did not play for Bayern at the weekend and although they club hope to have the midfielder available against Nurnberg on Sunday, confirmation of his selection for the match on November 17 is likely to add to the strain between them and the KNVB.

Bayern had asked for Van Bommel to be released before the Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden last month after he suffered a recurrence of a knee problem, but Holland coach Bert Van Marwijk, his father-in-law, claimed he was fit and played him for 70 minutes.

The club had already been in dispute with the KNVB after Arjen Robben returned from the World Cup with a hamstring injury.

The injured trio of Wout Brama, Eljero Elia and Ruud van Nistelrooy have been ruled out, while Wilfred Bouma and Vurnon Anita Van Marwijk have been removed from the squad with Urby Emanuelson getting a call-up for the match in Amsterdam.

Holland squad: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Michael Form, Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), Erik Pieters, John Heitinga (Everton), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Peter Wisgerhof, Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Stijn Schaars, Theo Janssen, Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jeremain Lens, Robin van Persie (Arsenal).

Source: Team_Talk