Ajax hit by De Jong injury blow ahead of Juve clash

The future Barcelona midfielder pulled up during Saturday's Eredivisie match, making him a doubt for the trip to Turin on Tuesday

Ajax appear to have suffered a major injury blow ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus after Frenkie de Jong suffered a hamstring injury against Excelsior.

Influential midfielder De Jong walked down the tunnel clutching the back of his leg inside the opening half hour of Saturday's Eredivisie game, which Ajax led 1-0 through Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Huntelaar would go on to net a hat-trick as Ajax earned a comfortable 6-2 win on the day.

But the bigger picture is not so rosy, with De Jong now looking like a possible absentee for Tuesday's trip to Turin.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag attempted to play down fears after the game, suggesting De Jong came off as a precaution.

"Frenkie's hamstring was playing up and we didn't want to take any risks," Ten Hag said.

Ten Hag's side claimed a 1-1 draw at the Johan Cruyff ArenA this week, with David Neres cancelling out Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half opener.

De Jong established himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football thanks to superb performances for club and country, and the 21-year-old will join Barcelona at the end of this season in a deal worth €86 million.

The current season also saw him break into the Netherlands set-up, where he has picked up seven caps to date since making his debut in September 2018.

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