Feyenoord have lost striker Pierre van Hooijdonk for the vital UEFA Champions League games against FC Dynamo Kyiv, Juventus FC and Newcastle United FC.
Tests have revealed that the Dutch international broke his ankle in the Eredivisie defeat by AFC Ajax on 6 October. The problem did not show up on an initial x-ray and was diagnosed only today as a hairline fracture of the right ankle.
A month off
Van Hooijdonk had been receiving treatment while away with the Netherlands squad for the EURO 2004™ match against Austria last night. But he now faces a month on the sidelines and is expected to miss Feyenoord's three remaining matches in the first group stage. The Dutch club lie second in Group E with five points from three games.
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