By Mukwuzi Joseph
Ajax will be without 11 players, including six from the first team, when they travel to Denmark for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Midtjylland after they tested positive for COVID-19.
The club would not release the names of players with the virus due to privacy rules.
Skipper Dusan Tadic, goalkeeper Andre Onana and midfielders Davy Klaassen and Ryan Gravenberch were all expected to start the Group D match at Herning but were left out of the party.
Reserve goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has also been omitted, leaving one keeper, Kjell Scherpen, for the trip.
Ajax sit third in Group D, three points behind second-place Atalanta. With Liverpool leading the group, Midtjylland were supposed to be the minnows against which Ajax could count on taking six points to give themselves a shot at progression to the knockout rounds. Given Monday’s coronavirus-related news, that plan could be out the window.