Champions League: Infection hit Ajax without 2 fundamental goalies in Champions League

Champions League

A Covid episode at Ajax left the club without its two principal goalkeepers for a Champions League game on Tuesday and planning to give an untried 20-year-old his introduction.

The four-time European victor made a trip to Denmark on Monday with only 17 players to confront Midtjylland, including Kjell Scherpen as the main goalkeeper.

Sharpen, a Netherlands youth global who stands 2.02 meters (6-foot-7), has not played a first-group game for Ajax since joining the club a year ago.

“It’s not ideal but rather you need to manage it,” Ajax mentor Erik ten Hag said of his choice issues. “Each group can get Covid. Presently we have it.”

Goalkeepers Andre Onana and Maarten Stekelenburg — internationals for Cameroon and the Netherlands, individually — remained at home on Monday among a gathering of players including playmaker and commander Dušan Tadić.

Ten Hag said “it’s weird” that a few players which have played in the Netherlands were not permitted to go in Denmark, as indicated by neighborhood rules during the pandemic.

“Obviously, it upsets our arrangement however what will be will be,” the mentor added.

Ajax and Midtjylland are looking for a first success in Group D which is driven after two rounds by Liverpool with Atalanta in runner up. Atalanta has the English boss on Tuesday.

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