Van der Sar ruled out of Russia friendly

February 4, 2007

AMSTERDAM, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has pulled out of the squad for the friendly against Russia on Wednesday after breaking his nose.

The Dutch soccer federation, KNVB, confirmed the Manchester United keeper had suffered a broken nose and concussion near the end of Sunday's Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur.

Van der Sar was accidentally caught by the trailing boot of Spurs' Ireland striker Robbie Keane as he jumped over the Dutch keeper during leaders United's 4-0 win.

Netherlands coach Marco van Basten has added Feyenoord's Henk Timmer to the squad to replace Van der Sar, who holds the Dutch record for internationals with 118 caps.