Virus-hit Ajax Without 2 Main Goalies In Champions League
Ajax's head coach Erik ten Hag shouts instructions to his players during the group D Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Liverpool at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
The four-time European champion traveled to Denmark on Monday with just 17 players to face Midtjylland, including Kjell Scherpen as the only goalkeeper.
Scherpen, a Netherlands youth international who stands 2.02 meters (6-foot-7), has not played a first-team game for Ajax since joining the club last year.
Goalkeepers Andre Onana and Maarten Stekelenburg internationals for Cameroon and the Netherlands, respectively stayed home on Monday among a group of players including playmaker and captain Duan Tadi.
Ten Hag said its strange that some players which have played in the Netherlands were not allowed to travel in Denmark, according to local rules during the pandemic.
Of course, it disturbs our preparation but it is what it is, the coach added.
Ajax and Midtjylland are seeking a first win in Group D which is led after two rounds by Liverpool with Atalanta in second place. Atalanta hosts the English champion on Tuesday.
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