Ajax hopeful Daley Blind will be available to face Liverpool

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Seamus Leonard

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Erik ten Hag has not ruled Daley Blind out of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash at Liverpool.

Blind sat out Saturday’s 5-0 Eredivisie win at Emmen, but the Ajax manager insisted that it was illness rather that injury that caused the veteran’s absence.

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“I hope and count a little on him being there again,” ten Hag said, per De Telegraaf.

“But I don’t have any certainty yet. It has nothing to do with the injury that left him on Wednesday against Midtjylland.

“Daley was not feeling well, he was not fit. That also applied to Nicolás Tagliafico.”

Davy Klaassen, Zakaria Labyad, Lassina Traoré, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp and Quincy Promes were the goalscorers at De Oude Meerdijk.

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The win gives Ajax a five-point lead at the top of the table, with closest challengers Vitesse hosting Fortuna Sittard on Sunday.