Kluivert blow for PSV

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PSV Eindhoven striker Patrick Kluivert has suffered a recurrence of a knee injury and faces a spell on the sidelines.

Kluivert lasted just 17 minutes of the game against ADO Den Haag, despite having been passed fit to play in the game.

The 29-year-old moved to the Philips Stadion in the summer but has struggled in his time in Holland with a troublesome knee injury.

The problem flared up at the weekend and he will now undergo a recovery programme in a bid to get back fit as quickly as possible.

"How long he will follow an adjusted program, is not known," said a PSV spokesman to ANP.

"The injury is not mysterious. Patrick is bothered by the knee and has had problems over the last few months.

"It's not a new injury."

PSV doctor Cees-Rein van den Hoogenband added in Algemeen Dagblad: "We know exactly what is going on with Patrick's knee.

"I won't say more about that, it is nobody else's business.

"We don't have to get scared every time this happens. There was a strongly increased risk. We knew that."

PSV chairman Rob Westerhof insists his staff were not in the wrong by playing Kluivert against ADO Den Haag.

He said: "All tests have shown that the risks were pretty limited. At the medical test he was given the green light, not an orange light."