Holland v Sweden

Mendes Da Silva gets Holland call

November 17, 2008

AZ Alkmaar defender David Mendes da Silva has been called up to Bert van Marwijk's Holland squad for Wednesday's friendly against Sweden.

The 26-year-old was originally named in the Oranje B selection of Johan Neeskens and Dennis Bergkamp, but has been drafted into the senior set-up following the withdrawals of PSV Eindhoven defender Dirk Marcellis and Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong due to injuries.

De Jong again has knee problems, while Marcellis was sustained a hamstring injury during his side's 4-1 defeat at Ajax on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Holland striker and Ajax captain Klaas Jan Huntelaar will not undergo an operation on his torn ankle tendon.

After deliberating with medics, the 25-year-old forward has opted to let the ankle heal naturally rather than go under the knife.

He is expected to be sidelined until the winter break, whereas surgery would have kept him out of action for around three months.

The former Heerenveen frontman sustained the problem during the 5-2 Eredivisie win over Sparta Rotterdam on November 9.