AFC Ajax

Ajax missing four key players after virus setback

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov 2 – Ajax will be without four key players including captain Dusan Tadic and goalkeeper Andre Onana in their Champions League clash against Midtjylland after testing positive for coronavirus, news reports said Monday.

Two other regular starters, midfielders Davy Klaassen and Ryan Gravenberch, were also omitted from Erik ten Hag’s 17-man squad to face the Danish-based club on Tuesday.

At least seven other players including reserve goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and attacking midfielder Zakaria Labyad were left off the plane as well.

Ten Hag, at a press conference ahead of the Group D ecnounter, remained vague about the players and their Covid-19 status, and why they could not travel to play at the MCH Arena in the western Danish city of Herning.

They are allowed to play in the Netherlands but not in Denmark,” Ten Hag said at the livestreamed conference.

All I can say is the players affected by this are healthy in the sense that they don’t have any symptoms or complaints.”

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