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Ajax coach Ten Hag: De Jong will make final call on fitness

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag says he'll leave it to Frenkie de Jong to decide if he's fit for their Champions League clash with Juventus.

The first leg ended 1-1 in Amsterdam and the decider is at the Allianz Juventus Stadium on Tuesday. De Jong is a doubt after being forced off in their draw with Excelsior.

"We have a few options. Mazraoui on the left is an alternative, while Blind and Sinkgraven can also play there. We'll see," said Ten Hag.

“We don't know about De Jong, as it happened on Saturday, we'll take it one day at a time and one hour at a time. We certainly won't push him in training.

“The player has to decide. We cannot look inside his own body. If there is too big a risk, then we won't push it. The player must decide, Frenkie is always a very positive guy. We're positive about him playing, but we'll have to wait and see.

“Tagliafico wanted to come along with the team, even though he's suspended, and it was a good idea. It tells you about the spirit of this team. He can motivate the others and is an important player both on and off the field."

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