Wednesday, January 4, 2006
US midfielder John O'Brien will remain in Los Angeles longer than he had planned, according to ADO Den Haag communications officer Steven de Haseth.
ADO boss Frans Adelaar was hoping that the sadly oft-injured O'Brien would be able to take part in the team's Turkey midseason camp, which began on Tuesday.
"I spoke to the coach and his return to Holland will take more time," De Haseth told YA on Wednesday. "Originally, he was supposed to be back already."
The pivot man will 'absolutely not' be ready to join his teammates when local first team training resumes on January 15th.
O'Brien last played against old club Ajax on September 21st, and injured his groin two days later in training.
In early December, the popular redhead flew home to rehab on his own at the Home Depot Center - a repeat of the Spring 2005 treatment that helped facilitate his move from Amsterdam.
His ADO debut was also delayed last fall by a hip injury picked up on Gold Cup championship duty.
The World Cup 2002 standout has struggled almost constantly for fitness since the end of that calendar year, and has appeared in only seven Eredivisie contests over the last two-and-a-half seasons.