Ajax are sweating on the fitness of star midfielder Frenkie de Jong for their clash against Juventus.
De Jong picked up an injury in the Dutch side’s league game against Excelsior, much to the dismay of the Ajax faithful.
De Jong expected to be fit
However, manager Erik ten Hag conceded that it was a cautionary measure and not because the 21-year-old had picked up a serious injury.
Ten Hag, however, admitted that he would let the player decide if he were fit enough to play the all-important encounter against Juventus later tonight.
“We will see, we are positive he can play. We took him off for prevention, we hope he can play but we will see if it is possible. We will see after this evening’s training.”
“Frenkie himself will have to decide if he is ready, and eventually I decide if he will play,” the manager went on to add.
De Jong starred for Ajax in their Round of 16 clash against Real Madrid. He is set for a move to Barcelona in the summer, having agreed a deal in principle in January.
He will look to leave Ajax on a high though, possibly by eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus from the competition.
Can Ajax pull off a miracle?
Ajax though have a mountain to climb, having conceded an away goal in the first leg at home. They travel to Italy knowing they have to score at least one, but possibly more, if they are to knock the Old Lady out of the competition.
Ten Hag is quietly confident of his side’s prospects though.
“I’m confident because of the way we are playing and training. We are stronger and we are showing it game by game.
“Juventus are the favourites, especially after the Amsterdam result. If we play well, we can overcome any limit.
“Allegri is very knowledgeable and has certainly thought of a different way to approach this game compared to last week. We need to improve our tactical plan.”