“It is difficult to explain” why Reiss Nelson still can’t play says Feyenoord boss

Reiss Nelson with Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord.nl)
Reiss Nelson with Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord.nl)

Reiss Nelson is still not fit enough to play for Feyenoord, and will miss their showdown with PSV on Sunday.

Reiss Nelson with Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord.nl)
Reiss Nelson with Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord.nl)

Reiss Nelson was not included in Feyenoord’s squad for their Europa Conference League game against Maccabi Haifa earlier this week as he was not match fit after arriving from Arsenal.

Speaking to the media, Feyenoord head coach, Arne Slot, said at the time, “Nelson had participated in almost all training sessions at Arsenal, but he experiences the training sessions here as a bit more spicy.

“He ran into an overload injury and so he is not here. Whether he will make it to PSV remains to be seen.”

The ‘spicy’ comment caused a bit of a stir, resulting in Slot trying to clarify what he meant a few days later.

Now, as Feyenoord get ready to face PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie on Sunday, their first league game since signing Nelson on loan, Slot has revealed that the 21-year-old still isn’t fit.

“No, he is not there,” Slot confirmed at the pre-match press conference. “It is quite difficult to explain. I have asked the medical staff if that is easy, but that does not seem to be easy. The bottom line is that he is in good condition, but that is different from playing matches and a certain kind of training.

“At Arsenal, he was part of the selection, but there they did a lot of eleven-on-eleven and he belonged to the team that had to imitate the opponent. Then you have to walk a bit like the coach wants you to walk,” explained Slot.

“He has not played any matches. The intensity of our exercises may have happened there, but he was not there.”