AFC Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is a doubt for the club’s UEFA Champions League last 16, first leg clash against Real Madrid tomorrow night.
The 21-year-old has exacerbated an adductor injury, having been forced off the pitch 10 minutes before the end of regulation time of Ajax’s surprise loss to Heracles in the Eredivisie this past Saturday.
He had been struggling before the game with injury but was passed fit to play – a decision the Amsterdam club surely now regrets.
De Jong recently made headlines with his agreement to join Real Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona in a big-money deal. The player will complete the transfer once the 2018/19 season has run its course.
Ajax also have concerns over the fitness of Nicolas Tagliafico, who completed Saturday’s match but has been battling with a knee complaint.
The first leg of the Champions League tie will be held at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. The return match will be staged at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 5.
Should de Jong miss the first match against Los Blancos, Ajax will at least hope to have him fit to face NAC Breda in their next Eredivisie clash, which will be on Sunday 17 February. That match will be live on Fox Sports 1 from 13h05 CAT.