PSV doesn‘t seem to be able to call on Cody Gakpo for the time being. The 21-year-old attacker was injured during the topper against Ajax, could not compete against AZ at midweeks and made his return Saturday against Sparta, but fell away again.
Trainer Roger Schmidt fears a long absention, he informed ESPN afterwards. “How he is? Bath… “, said the 53-year-old trainer. “We have to have it examined in the hospital tomorrow (Sunday, save.), but it doesn’t look very good.”
The injury of Gakpo has nothing to do with the injury he had suffered in Amsterdam, stressed Schmidt. The PSV trainer was therefore unabated critical of the role of referee Bas Nijhuis on the snowy field of Het Kasteel. “It was a violation (which was not punished by Nijhuis, red.). That‘s why I was a little mad at the referee. I think it’s important in these circumstances that he protects the players. I saw four or five transgressions for which he didn‘t whistle.”
Schmidt also felt that the players themselves are responsible for each other’s well-being. “But if they get the idea that they can do anything from the referee… I saw some very hard violations,” said the PSV trainer. “Cody got hit on the ankle and there wasn‘t even whistling. Eventually, he got injured and his game was over. It is to be hoped that we should not miss him for too long.”
PSV will play four more games this month. Tuesday the cup duel with FC Volendam awaits, after which the league matches against RKC Waalwijk and FC Emmen are waiting and Super January will end on 31 January with a visit to Feyenoord.
Roger Schmidt is afraid that he has lost Cody Gakpo for a long time to an injury ðÿ˜’With this weather the players also have to pay a little more attention to each other” pic.twitter.com/MVE30cTrao
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