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De Jong making every effort to face Real Madrid

The Ajax player, who will move to Barcelona in the summer, was taken off suffering from groin pain on Saturday.


Ajax won't hold anything back against Real Madrid in the Champions League when they host the Spanish giants on Wednesday night in the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition.

Frankie De Jong, the 21 year old who recently agreed to a move to Barcelona in the summer, has been rested for two days, but was able to train in the final session before the match and the Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag confirmed his intention to play the midfielder.

De Jong taken off in pain

The big name in the Ajax side was sidelined last week, but made the effort to play in the disaster away to Heracles (1-0). Ten Hag had only wanted to play him for 45 minutes but ended up keeping him on until the 79th minute with Ajax desperate to get back into the game. In the end though he was forced off with groin pain.

After the defeat to Heracles, De Jong rested on Sunday and Monday and was back at training today, Tuesday. He's still not at 100%, but both player and coach are determined that he starts against Real Madrid, even if he is unlikely to finish the match...


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