Defender Max Wöber will be fit to play in the Classic, said Erik ten Hag on Friday in his press conference leading up to the much-anticipated duel. The Austrian defender was sidelined early on in last week’s friendly game against Duisburg, but he will be available to play against Feyenoord.
Ten Hag explained why 19 year-old Wöber was substituted during the friendly game in Portugal: "We pulled him out of last week’s game as a precaution, we don’t want to take any risk whatsoever with him. He was also on his 2nd match of the afternoon, after having played against Lyngby.”
Wöber can thus play on Sunday. “Except for Tuesday, he has participated in every training this week”, according to Ten Hag.
At the press conference, the head coach was asked about new acquisition Nico Tagliafico. The Argentinian had just completed his first week of training in Amsterdam. In the Algarve, Tagliafico met his new team mates and technical staff for the first time.
‘Tagliafico clearly has something to contribute’
Will the left back start against Feyenoord? “We’ll see on Sunday. He has confirmed in person what I’ve seen in footage. He’s fit in easily and clearly has something to contribute”, said Ten Hag.
Ajax’s injured roster is far from empty. Kasper Dolberg, Benjamin van Leer, Vaclav Cerny, Daley Sinkgraven and Nick Viergever are all unavailable to play against Feyenoord. Nick Viergever’s recovery is going well, according to Ten Hag. “He had an MRI last week, and the outcome was good. His cast is off and now he can start to build up again.”
The reporters were curious as to whether Ten Hag’s influence will already be visible on Sunday. “A trainer isn’t a magician. It’s impossible to turn things around in 2 weeks. Steps have been made and hopefully we’ll see that on Sunday.”