Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg still has a question mark, AS Roma without Mkhitaryan and Smalling

The 38-year-old Stekelenburg was injured on Sunday in the warm-up of the game with sc Heerenveen. He was then replaced by third goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen.

According to Ten Hag, it is the intention that Stekelenburg will train today. “They are now working on him. We actually check from hour to hour how he is doing and whether he can take the next step. At the end of the day we decide if he can participate tomorrow. ”

Ten Hag had more news from the infirmary. Perr Schuurs has knee problems and is not training today. Sean Klaiber is also not present because he has just become a father.


As is known, André Onana (doping suspension), Sébastien Haller (forgot to register) Daley Blind (injury) and Noussair Mazraoui (injury) are missing against AS Roma, but it does not cause Ten Hag any headaches. “I don’t have to puzzle, because I think we have 16, 17 good players at the moment. If some players drop out, others fill it in again. It doesn’t really matter. We have continued to win. Whether Onana is there or not, or Haller is there or not. That also applies to Blind. Despite the fact that they are incredibly good players, we have shown that we can win with our selection, but also play very good football. ”

Ajax is full of confidence

AS Roma wants to use the Europa League to save the season. The team of trainer Paulo Fonseca does not seem to be able to qualify for the new edition of the Champions League in Serie A. Victory of the Europa League also provides a ticket for the premier class. “When I see their selection, I count 25 top players,” said Ten Hag. “Winning is not enough for them either. They want to play attractive football. Based on the latest league matches, you could say that they are sometimes vulnerable defensively. ”

Ten Hag did not want to give up his basic formation yet. But it is obvious that Edson Álvarez will replace the injured Blind in midfield, so that a place in the back is free for Jurriën Timber. “I’m looking forward to this game,” said the 19-year-old defender. „For years I sympathized intensely when Ajax played European again. I experienced those matches in front of television as a real supporter. Now I may be facing Edin Dzeko. That is quite special. As a little boy I often saw him play football at Manchester City. ”

AS Roma without Smalling and Mkhitaryan

Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and defender Chris Smalling will miss the AS Roma game against Ajax on Thursday. Trainer Paulo Fonseca has not included the injured duo in his selection for the first game in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

The game in the Johan Cruijff ArenA is also too early for Stephan El Shaarawy. Rick Karsdorp, former Feyenoord player, has been suspended for the first confrontation with Ajax. Marash Kumbulla has been missing from AS Roma for some time, which does not train in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Wednesday evening.

Coach Fonseca will give a press conference in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening.

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