Ajax without Van der Vaart against Auxerre

Ajax have travelled to Auxerre with 19 players on Wednesday morning. The team face AJ Auxerre in France on Thursday for a spot among the last 16 teams in the UEFA Cup tournament. Rafael van der Vaart had to stay behind in Amsterdam. The midfielder is ill.

Ajax defeated Auxerre in the first leg of the UEFA Cup tie 1-0 through a goal by Maxwell. A win, draw, or loss by one goal with Ajax scoring will see the side going through to the next round. Thursday will be the third time that Ajax play in the Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps. Ajax were defeated 4-2 in 1993 and won 1-0 in 1996.

The squad for the match against Auxerre:
Bogdan Lobont, Hatem Trabelsi, John Heitinga, Julien Escudé, Maxwell, Mauro Rosales, Anthony Obodai, Nigel de Jong, Yannis Anastasiou, Wesley Sneijder, Daniël de Ridder, Rasmus Lindgren, Hedwiges Maduro, Urby Emanuelson, Filipe Kasmirski, Ryan Babel, Nourdin Boukhari, Nicolae Mitea and Maarten Stekelenburg.