Van Bommel: Bayern OK with call

Van Bommel has not played recently after suffering a recurrence of
a knee problem and he was an unused substitute in Bayern’s victory
over Nurnberg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. He was still selected
for the Dutch squad to face Turkey with Bert van Marwijk’s decision
looking likely to add to the strain between Bayern and the Dutch
football association (KNVB). Bayern had asked for van Bommel to be
released before the Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden last month
because of his injury problems but Holland coach Van Marwijk, his
father-in-law, claimed he was fit and he played 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. Bayern chief
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge then issued a warning for van Bommel not to
play in the game in Amsterdam. However, van Bommel is adamant he
has the full backing of his club to train with the Dutch squad
although he refused to say whether they had advised him not to
travel. Van Bommel told “It makes no sense to talk about
things that do not matter. I’m fully fit and Mr Rummenigge,
(president Uli) Hoeness and coach (Louis) van Gaal thought it was a
good idea. I have talked extensively with them. “I am quite fit and
am looking forward to Wednesday. “So, this week 75% of Bayern
Munich players are on the road. I can train here at Oranje with
world-class players and play football. That’s just good.” The
players were training this afternoon in Noordwijk with Wesley
Sneijder set to arrive later, the midfielder having played for
Inter Milan in their derby against AC Milan on Sunday night. Demy
de Zeeuw, Urby Emanuelson and Khalid Boulahrouz are all out injured
but Van Marwijk has not called up any replacements for the trio.
Boulahrouz may be out for up to three weeks after he suffered a
muscle tear in his right calf during Stuttgart’s 3-3 draw with
Kaiserslautern at the weekend.