The Netherlands will be without Roy Makaay for Saturday's 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Armenia. The FC Bayern München striker damaged his right knee in training on Wednesday and is still receiving treatment. On Sunday, team doctors will decide whether he is fit enough to play in the Group 1 visit of Andorra next Wednesday. Marco van Basten's squad was reduced to 19 from the original 23 before they flew to Armenia. Aside from Makaay, AFC Ajax players Nigel de Jong and Johnny Heitinga will be staying in the Netherlands along with AZ Alkmaar defender Tim de Cler.
Norway will be missing Tommy Svindal Larsen for their Group 5 trip to Slovenia. The midfielder suffered a pulled muscle in training on Wednesday. Larsen had already been struggling with a calf injury and has elected to remain at home. However, the 32-year-old hopes to be available for Norway's home qualifier against Scotland next week. "I haven't given up hope of playing against Scotland," he said.
Meanwhile, there is a question mark against Czech Republic captain Tomáš Galásek who missed his side's final training session before their flight to Romania for a crucial qualifier due to a swollen knee. Team doctors doubt the AFC Ajax midfielder will be ready for the Group 1 game in Constanta, with coach Karel Brückner considering calling up Under-21 captain Tomáš Sivok to replace him.
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