The boys are back in town

For more than ten days Ajax's training grounds had been mostly quiet. The first team was on training camp in Portugal and Ajax 2 did most of their training on youth complex 'de Toekomst'. But from Monday there is activity next to the Arena, because the squad has returned to Amsterdam and is preparing for the second half of the season at home.

After warming up thoroughly the goalkeepers were seperated from the other players to work with 'keeperstrainer Wil Coort. Joey Didulica didn't stay long. The Australian was not feeling well and left for the dressing room.

Jari Litmanen was not on the pitch and neither were Nigel de Jong, Nourdin Boukhari and Yakubu. The latter three join Ajax 2 on Monday evening for the match against RKC 2.

While Coort was training the goalkeepers, the other players were divided in two groups for a position drill. The training was closed off with a scrimmage on three quarters of the pitch. Ajax are back in town, Sunday, Willem II awaits in Tilburg for the first match after the winter break.