Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink was exploring his options during Netherlands training on Wednesday ahead of the crucial match with Turkey on Saturday.

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ned trinWith Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie ruled out of Netherlands ties with Turkey and Spain, Guus Hiddink will need to look for a new attacking partnership, and on the training field on Wednesday, the coach experimented with Bas Dost and Klaas jan Huntelaar as a partnership.

The session was reportedly looking at a plan B should Netherlands have to force the issue against Turkey, with Bas Dost supporting Huntelaar, and Wesley Sneijder and Ibrahim Afellay on the wings with the clear instructions of getting the ball into the box as soon as possible. Behind them Georginio Wijnaldum was handed the number 10 role, while Jordy Clasie and Daley Blind sat deep.

After watching this formation, Hiddink changed it up slightly with Luuk de Jong partnering Huntelaar and Memphis Depay replacing Afellay on the wing.

The match against Turkey is crucial for Netherlands, who currently sit third in the Euro qualifying group, six points behind Czech Republic, and three off of Iceland. Beating fourth placed Turkey is crucial if Netherlands are to get back into contention of finishing top.

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