Erik ten Hag: De Jong is a doubt for Juve’s tie

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 10: Frenkie de Jong of Ajax is tracked by Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Ajax and Juventus at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ajax Coach Erik ten Hag has disclosed that Frenkie de Jong remains a doubt for the Champions League return leg against Juventus.

The first leg encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam with Juve holding a slender lead heading into the second leg at the Allianz Stadium.

But the Dutch giants may likely be without their key man De Jong who limped out against Excelsior with a muscular problem as well as suspended Tagliafico in defence.

“We have a few options. Mazraoui on the left is an alternative, while Blind and Sinkgraven can also play there. We’ll see,” said the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.

“We don’t know about De Jong, as it happened on Saturday, we’ll take it one day at a time and one hour at a time. We certainly won’t push him in training.

“The player has to decide. We cannot look inside his own body. If there is too big a risk, then we won’t push it. The player must decide, Frenkie is always a very positive guy. We’re positive about him playing, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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“Tagliafico wanted to come along with the team, even though he’s suspended, and it was a good idea. It tells you about the spirit of this team. He can motivate the others and is an important player both on and off the field.”