In his first game after his corona infection, Denzel Dumfries immediately felt good enough to play ninety minutes. The right back of PSV was called up for the Orange one hour after the 3-0 victory over Willem II.
Dumfries trained indoors with bicycle equipment and push-up challenge
Other PSV players who became infected with the corona virus needed time to get match-fit again. For example, Pablo Rosario had to be replaced at half time against PAOK (4-1 defeat) on Thursday because he was completely through it.
It was different for Dumfries. The defender even made it to the backline against Willem II in the 82nd minute after a big rush and gave an assist to Donyell Malen: 3-0.
“I had agreed with the trainer in advance that I would indicate how long I would last. In the field I felt very good until the end,” Dumfries said at the press conference after the game.
The 24-year-old right back only trained with the group for the first time on Saturday, after having tested positive for the corona virus more than two weeks earlier. At the beginning of his infection, Dumfries had mild complaints.
“The first day I felt really weak and I had to cough a lot. Then I got a cold and I had no taste anymore. I thought that was funny at first, because I could suddenly eat everything. But after a day the fun was there from.”
Denzel Dumfries at the press conference after the game. (Photo: Pro Shots)
PSV brought a bicycle device to the captain’s home. “I completed a whole program on my balcony. I also worked with weights and did a push-up challenge and other nonsense like that. That’s how you try to keep yourself fit.”
After ten days Dumfries was allowed to go out for a jog. He missed four games, of which PSV lost two. “You are eating yourself at home, but it was force majeure that I could not be there. Today I was very eager to play again.”
Trainer Roger Schmidt was surprised that Dumfries lasted the entire match. “Other players who have been infected have lost a lot of content. But not Denzel, he just kept going,” said the German trainer, and then joked: “I don’t know if he really had corona. He plays better than now. before he was infected. “
Dumfries, just like Cody Gakpo, only got the green light on Sunday afternoon to be allowed to play against Willem II. Then there was also contact with the doctor of the Dutch national team.