Apr 26, 2023 at 1:20 p.m
De Graafschap trainer Adrie Poldervaart is recovering well from the muscle disease that felled him a few months ago. The 52-year-old South Hollander is continuously taking steps in his recovery process.
“From March 8, I started my rehabilitation process with physiotherapy and occupational therapy. For example, I swim and of course I walk,” says Poldervaart on the De Graafschap site on Wednesday.
“In recent weeks I have also taken a first step by visiting matches of the first team. I deliberately did this under the radar so as not to disturb the boys in their match experience. It was wonderful to see them at a full De Vijverberg to play.”
Poldervaart was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome at the beginning of February, a muscle disease that can occur suddenly. The syndrome weakens muscles in the arms, legs, and trunk.
Usually patients recover completely. That hope is also there for Poldervaart. “It’s a trajectory where I have every confidence that I will return physically well,” he says. “I am happy with the way my rehabilitation is going at the moment.”
In the absence of Poldervaart, De Graafschap is coached by assistant coach Richard Roelofsen. The club from Doetinchem competes as number nine in the Kitchen Champion Division for participation in the play-offs for promotion to the Eredivisie.
View the results, the position and the program in the Eredivisie