Ibrahim Afellay hopes he will get the chance to show off his new-found versatility in the Netherlands' two international friendlies over the next week.

Afellay, who has not played for his country since the August meeting with England in Amsterdam due to a series of injuries, has this season performed in a deeper role for PSV Eindhoven. And having now put his injury issues behind him, he is keen to show coach Bert van Marwijk he can excel in that position on the international stage when the Oranje take on Italy on Saturday and Paraguay next Wednesday.

"It has been frustrating with the injuries," he told the Eindhoven Dagblad newspaper. "Luckily I now feel fit and I hope this continues. It is an advantage that the coach knows I can play in several positions. I was an attacking midfielder but now I can take one of the defensive midfield spots."

It is an advantage that the coach knows I can play in several positions. I was an attacking midfielder but now I can take one of the defensive midfield spots.

Ibrahim Afellay

PSV have made a fine start to the Eredivisie season - they are unbeaten in 13 games and lie just two points behind leaders Twente. Afellay has been instrumental in their fine form and he revealed he is relishing his new role.

He added: "It is more demanding. I still aim for the opponents' goal but I have more defensive responsibilities. Physically it requires extra effort and that from an injury-prone player. But it is going well so far."

Afellay believes new PSV boss Fred Rutten deserves a share of the credit for his transformation. "He has made our everyday lives better," he said. "Fred lifts me and the team to a higher level. I have a contract until 2011 with PSV. I really like it here and, at this moment, I am not thinking of anything else."