Pieter Coolman is ready for the cup match of Roeselare against Ghent: “First really important game of the season”


Pieter Coolman returned from the Olympic qualifying tournament in China with an ankle injury, but helped Roeselare’s 1-3 win over Guibertin last Sunday. — © Bart Vandenbroucke


For the first confrontation in the cup campaign of the season that has just started, Roeselare will receive a visit from Caruur Gent on Saturday. Knack can once again count on center man Pieter Coolman, who has almost recovered from an ankle injury sustained with the Red Dragons.

“At the Olympic qualifying tournament in China, I tore a ligament in my right ankle in the decisive match against Bulgaria,” says the midfielder. “A physical setback in addition to the mental setback due to the narrow defeat and elimination from the Games in Paris. It took several weeks of rehabilitation, but on Sunday in Guibertin I returned to the field. After coming on as a substitute in the second set, I was allowed to remain in the third and fourth turns to contribute to the 1-3 victory.”

“It is of course good to be fit to compete again,” Coolman continues. “I hardly experienced a reaction after Sunday’s match and was able to train normally this week. Not yet at full strength, still a bit stiff and not yet optimally mobile, but I do feel ready for the first cup match of the season against Ghent. Whatever formation we play in, winning is simply a must. We owe this to our status as a cup holder. It will be the first really important match of the season, because the loser is immediately out. On paper and with the home advantage, we are of course the big favorite, but you still have to fulfill that role on the field. As usual, trainer-coach Steven Vanmedegael will ensure that we concentrate on serving.”

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