11 Ajax players test positive for COVID-19: report

Amsterdam football club Ajax has had 11 players tested positive for COVID-19 a day before its Champions League tie against Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Ajax players celebrate during their Champions League match against Atalanta.   -  Reuters Photo

Ajax Amsterdam could be without several key players after 11 squad members tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Tuesdays Champions League clash at Midtjylland, broadcaster RTL reported.

Ajax travelled to Denmark on Monday with only 17 players, listed in the squad on their website. The club would not release the names of players with the virus due to privacy rules.

Skipper Dusan Tadic, goalkeeper Andre Onana and midfielders Davy Klaassen and Ryan Gravenberch were all expected to start the Group D match at Herning but were left out of the party.

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Reserve goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has also been omitted, leaving one keeper, Kjell Scherpen, for the trip.

Coach Erik ten Hag is due to hold a news conference later on Monday (1745GMT).

Dutch media said secondary tests were being conducted on Monday for those affected in the hope that the results might turn out negative and more players would be able to travel to Denmark but they would need permission from UEFA to do so.

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Under the rules of Europe's soccer governing body, Ajax must play the game if 13 or more players on its A-list are available.

Ajax is third in Champions League Group D with one point from two matches, five points adrift of leaders Liverpool and three behind Atalanta. Midtjylland is bottom having lost its first two games. The top two qualify for the knockout stage.

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