May 12, 2003 - The Netherlands captain Reinder Nummerdor will have his troublesome right shoulder examined next week in order to come to a decision on whether to undergo surgery or not. The star player in the Netherlands' lineup has just finished helping his side qualify for the European Champion on the weekend but after suffering for a number of years, the 26-year-old is ready to take some action.
Possible surgery could rule Nummerdor out of the World League, which will be a devastating blow to a Dutch side, which is currently struggling for consistency.
Nummerdor's Italian club team Milano has already advised him to undergo surgery, but the Netherlands' star player wants to have a second opinion from a Dutch doctor next Monday.
"If the doctors in the Netherlands advise me to undergo surgery I will do this to save my volleyball career," Nummerdor said. In this case, Nummerdor will not be able to play the World League, but could be fit again for the European Championship in September.
Another big name in the Netherlands' lineup Richard Schuil could possible miss the away matches of their World League campaign due to ongoing contract negotiations. Even his participation during the European Championship is not for 100 percent sure. 'Firstly, some contract and financial issues has to be solved', Schuil said.
Coach Bert Goedkoop stated that these issues would be arranged during the next week with Pro Volley, the new organization arranging the national teams of Netherlands. "We had to postpone these discussions until the European qualification tournament (played on the weekend) was over," Goedkoop said. "Our goal is to make everything clear in terms of finance, contracts and the program of the team."