Ten Hag dealing with quadruple Ajax injury blow and player undergoing medical as he bids to win Eredivisie title

Erik ten Hag’s Ajax have been dealt a challenging hand over the past few weeks as they try to get over the line to win the Eredivisie title.

Rivals PSV Eindhoven have won nine of their last 10 Eredivisie games, pushing Ajax all the way. They even beat Ten Hag’s Ajax in the KNVB Cup final.

Ajax are winning games too, victorious in the last seven successive Eredivisie games. They hold a four point advantage with three games remaining, travelling to AZ Alkmaar this weekend.

A quadruple Ajax injury blow is now the latest challenge for Erik ten Hag to negotiate. This involves several key players who won’t play again this season.

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Quadruple Ajax injury blow

The quadruple Ajax injury blow includes four key players who won’t play again this season. One of these is key midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, who suffered an ankle injury in training this week. The club’s official website confirmed he is out for the season.

The same injury update also confirmed winger Antony will miss the rest of the season. He got injured playing for Brazil against Bolivia. Separately, The Telegraph has linked the winger to Manchester United this summer.

Earlier this week Ten Hag said he hoped to get Antony back, adding via FCUpdate: “We all miss him. Without Antony it is all a bit less fast and dynamic on the right, which also makes it more difficult for the team. Then the spaces become a lot smaller.”

Ajax are also set to be without centre-backs Lisandro Lopez and Perr Schurrs. Neither will recover from their injuries in time for the rest of the season.

These injury blows have depleted Ajax’s side heading into the final three games, with more innovation required.

Ajax shifted to a 4-4-2 in their win over PEC Zwolle last week, in which Ten Hag gave a first Eredivisie start to 18-year-old defender Youri Regeers.

Explaining the formation shift, Ten Hag said he was confident he had the players to adapt, quoted by Ajax Showtime: “Sébastien (Haller) has the advantage of knowing this system. We have often played like this at Utrecht. 

“Dusan (Tadić) is tactically savvy. He knows exactly what to do and Davy (Klaassen) fits right in, he felt like a fish in water. But we just have to see what the best plan is from game to game.”

Ten Hag will want his Manchester United players to be well-drilled tactically, and he may look to sign stars who he can depend on, if he is unsure of the club’s current players’ capability.

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Ajax player undergoes medical ahead of exit

Another unwanted complication in the midst of a title battle is one of Ajax’s players arranging his own exit from the club as a free agent.

Right-back Noussair Mazraoui is set to sign with Bayern Munich. BILD report the Moroccan has undergone a medical with the German club and will be announced as a signing shortly.

The Mirror last week claimed Ten Hag had asked Manchester United to attempt to hijack the deal for Mazraoui, but the player had already made up his mind to join Bayern.

Mazraoui has recently been out with injury, despite passing Bayern’s medical, with Ajax’s website reporting that he and Steven Berghuis could return before the end of the season.

Ajax may have a staggering 89 goals in 31 league games this season, including 25 wins, but the end to the season is far from straightforward, with Ten Hag’s own future overshadowing the close of the campaign too.

A huge fixture away at fifth placed AZ Alkmaar looks pivotal this weekend, and with the injuries and other complications, Ten Hag is being pushed to the limit. Good practice for his time at Manchester United perhaps.

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