De Jong a doubt for Juventus clash, says Ajax coach Ten Haag
The midfielder limped off on Saturday but Dutch club’s boss says they are willing to take ‘responsible risk’ over star midfielder
The Dutch club travel to Turin for the
The midfielder limped off in Ajax’s Eredivisie game against Excelsior on Saturday but has been named in the travelling party to face the Bianconeri.
“De Jong is still in doubt,” the coach told a pre-match press conference on Monday.
“After tonight’s training, we will see.
“The fact that he is not training yet is not decisive in terms of whether he will play. We don’t test it that way.
“We live hour by hour, day by day. We are willing to take a responsible risk.
De Jong’s agent, Ali Dursun, meanwhile, said that his client’s substitution was precautionary and that he’d be fit to play.
De Jong, who will join Barcelona in the summer, will be critical if Ajax
“Juve are the favourites, especially after the Amsterdam result.
“If we play well, we can overcome any limit.
In the round of 16, Ajax defeated Real Madrid 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first game.
They will attempt to upset the odds again without Argentina international left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, who misses out through suspension.
Ten Haag believes they have
“We are not going to put a permanent man on Ronaldo – we will never do that.”
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