Champions League: Squads of both Ajax and Dynamo Kiev hit by multiple positive Covid-19 tests ahead of games

Ajax announced on Monday that 11 players had tested positive before it’s tie against Danish side FC Midtjylland on Tuesday.

As a result, the Dutch club will travel to Denmark with just 17 players for their third Group D game.

Under UEFA rules, Ajax must play the game if 13 or more first-team players are available.
“There are few players who can play in the Netherlands but did not get permission to enter Denmark and it’s a bit strange,” Ajax manager Erik ten Hag said during a press conference on Monday.

“They have no symptoms or complaints. If they might still be able to play rests in the hands of the medical personnel and the authorities. I have strong hope that they can play but I am not sure.”

Ajax lost its opening game in the Champions League to reigning Premier League champions Liverpool while it earned an 2-2 draw to last season’s quarterfinalists Atalanta last time out.

Elsewhere, six Dynamo Kyiv players and five members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of its Champions League Group G match against Spanish giants Barcelona on Wednesday.

“Testing showed a positive result in several players of the team: Georgy Tsitaishvili, Denis Garmash, Mikkel Duelund, Alexander Karavaev, Tudor Belutse and Mykola Shaparenko,” the club said in a statement.
Shaparenko controls the ball during the Champions League match against Ferencvaros.

“In addition, the tests of assistant head coach Emil Karas and four representatives of the team’s staff gave a positive result.”

It also added that those who had tested positive were in self-isolation and doing well.

Dynamo are third in Group G with one point, five behind leaders Barcelona.

Meanwhile 25-year-old Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule also tested positive ahead of the German’s club clash with Red Bull Salzburg while Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Eder Militao recorded a positive test.

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