On Friday, Erik ten Hag looked ahead to the home game against Willem II. The head coach discussed the injuries of Max Wöber and Daley Sinkgraven.
Max Wöber was forced to miss Wednesday’s cup game against Go Ahead Eagles due to his injury. “ He had to quit during the last training”, said Ten Hag. “ His foot got twisted. But he’s going to train with us later, so we’ll see how it goes.” The head coach, who said that Andre Onana had been fit just in time for the Classic but received the night off against Go Ahead Eagles, is available.
Sinkgraven on his way back
A player who won’t be on the sheet for Saturday is Daley Sinkgraven, who is still recovering from his knee injury. “t’s a complicated injury, and we need to proceed with caution. He’s had a couple of relapses, but right now I think it looks good. I hope he’ll be joining the group trainings before the winter break.”
‘ Vaclav is quick, has a lot of depth without the ball, a strong dribble and a good shot, so yes, we can definitely use him.’
Ten Hag was positive about Vaclav Cerny, who made his return to Ajax 1 last Wednesday. “They say that it often takes just as long to get to the top level as to return to it once you’ve been out. That’s different per person and per injury, of course, but it shows that it takes work to get back. On Wednesday, Vaclav took a big step, which is great for him and for the team. He’s quick. Has a lot of depth without the ball, a strong dribble and a good shot, so yes, we can definitely use him.”
Luxury problem grows
With the return of some players, Ten Hag has an ever-growing pool of players at his disposal. “We’re going to need all of them. The prizes are handed out in April and almost nobody can play 60 games in a season. We can rotate and give some of them a break in between.”
Naturally, Saturday’s game was discussed as well. Willem II is coming – what will the tactics be? “The way we play stays the same” , said Ten Hag. “But the tactics change in every game. But I obviously don’t want to reveal anything to the opponent at this point, so I’m not going to say anything.”