Dick Advocaat silently hopes that the KNVB will still decide to postpone the match of Feyenoord against sc Heerenveen in the quarter-finals of the TOTO KNVB Cup.

De Hagenaar is concerned about the cold and the field in the Abe Lenstra Stadium, where goalkeeper Justin Bijlow may make his return after months.

"We have to assume that the game will continue," said Lawyer on Wednesday, a day before the game, at his press conference.

"There is no snowfall now, but if the temperature is 15 or 20 degrees below zero, I wonder if it makes sense to play. I don't think so. But the players are the least affected."

Due to the snowfall of the past days and the cold, conditions in the Abe Lenstra Stadium will not be good.

The quarter-final match between NEC and VVV-Venlo on Wednesday has already been canceled by the KNVB, but the rest will continue as usual.

On Tuesday evening, Excelsior and Vitesse already competed against each other in the KNVB cup (0-1 victory for the Arnhem team).

However, the temperatures seem to drop even more in the coming days and that is a cause for concern for Advocaat.

"I heard that the KNVB doctor has already suggested that substitutes should stay in the dressing room. But that's not part of football, is it?", The somewhat irritated coach wondered aloud.

"Playing in the afternoon would have been an option in my opinion, but that is too late now."

The field in the Abe Lenstra Stadium turned out to be bad at the end of January.

The field in the Abe Lenstra Stadium turned out to be bad at the end of January.

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'Without snow, the field was already terrible'

At the end of January, Heerenveen and Feyenoord also met in the Abe Lenstra Stadium and then the Frisians triumphed with no less than 3-0.

At the time, the lawyer was already dissatisfied with the field and he fears it will be worse on Thursday.

"The field was already terrible without snow. Heerenveen also expects to damage the field if they remove the ice layer. But I don't make the decision about the match, other people have to do that", emphasized Lawyer.

Good news for Feyenoord is Bijlow's return to the selection.

The goalkeeper suffered a serious knee injury in the autumn and has not taken action for months.

Lawyer did not want to say whether Bijlow will also start in the quarterfinals, which starts on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Despite the circumstances, the 73-year-old trainer assumes that his team will be sharp against Heerenveen.

"We would like to play to clean up the previous defeat there. I do have the idea that that feeling lives within the group. I don't think we will be surprised again."

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