Brighton injury and team news ahead of Ajax – as FIVE ruled out and three doubts
Roberto De Zerbi warned injury-hit Brighton must not expect an easy ride when they face wounded Dutch giants Ajax in their Europa League tie at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Seagulls got their Group B campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over Ajax at the Amex Stadium two weeks ago in what was the visitors’ first fixture since sacking head coach Maurice Steijn on the back of a terrible start to the new campaign.
However, following former Netherlands international John Van’t Schip’s appointment as his permanent replacement, Ajax have won back-to-back Eredivisie games to climb off the bottom of the table.
After drawing both their opening Group B games, Ajax have their sights set on a first Europa League win to keep themselves in the hunt for the knock-out stages.
Just three points currently separate all four teams, with Marseille top ahead of AEK Athens and Brighton in third.
“They are very different because they changed the coach,” De Zerbi said ahead of Thursday night’s match in Amsterdam. “I watched (the game against Heerenveen) on Sunday. They played a good game and won an important game. They scored four goals, they are different.”
De Zerbi told a press conference: “But for us, nothing changes because we have to win the game.”
Here’s a run down of who is not fit to face Ajax and who are doubtful...