Erik ten Hag spoke about the situation around the covid-hit Ajax squad at his pre-game press conference on Monday.

Ajax headed to Denmark on Monday for their Champions League clash against Midtjylland with only 17 players after a number of players had tested positive for coronavirus.

Andre Onana, Maarten Stekelenburg, Davy Klaassen, Zakaria Labyad, Ryan Gravenberch and captain Dusan Tadic are missing from the squad.

However, Ten Hag has revealed that he is hopeful that after some further testing some of his players will be allowed to join the group on Tuesday with the Danish authorities blocking the entry of some of his stars.

He said, “Some of those players are allowed to play in the Netherlands, but not in Denmark. I don’t know the regulations. I just know that a few players were not allowed to enter Denmark, while they are allowed to play in the Netherlands. A bit strange, yes. We heard it this morning, the last decision was made this afternoon, just before we left. I cannot say anything about who tested positive or not. I also do not go into individuals. It’s strange, but we also live in strange times.”

The situation appears to be similar to the one that PSV had last week. Jordan Teze and Eran Zahavi were blocked from entering Cyprus despite recovering from covid. However, Teze was eventually allowed to join the group.

Ten Hag is hopeful that the decision to block his players will be resolved tomorrow, “We are also trying that with a number of players. It all has to do with the explanation and interpretation of the rules, which is discussed. UEFA is also involved. I don’t know how that goes.”

Ten Hag was asked if he was hopeful, “I think so. Or let me say: I hope so, I have high hopes for it. Teze also succeeded, so why shouldn’t it also be possible with us?”




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