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Maarten Stekelenburg is just not fit in time for the match against AS Roma. The keeper dropped out for the duel with Heerenveen last Sunday with a knee injury and also has to miss the first leg in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Just like in Friesland, Kjell Scherpen is the replacement for the 38-year-old keeper. This is a new baptism of fire for the 21-year-old keeper from Drenthe. Scherpen previously kept in the cup match won with FC Utrecht (5-4) and in the competition against Heerenveen: 2-1. His third match in Ajax 1 is also in a third different competition.
Trainer Erik ten Hag cannot rely on André Onana, Daley Blind, Sébastien Haller and Noussair Mazraoui.
Ajax setup: Sharpening; Rensch, Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Klaassen Gravenberch; Antony, Tadic, Neres
AS Roma also does not start at full strength. The injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling and Stephan El Shaarawy have stayed behind in Italy. The suspended former Feyenoord player Rick Karsdorp is also missing from AS Roma.
Line-up AS Roma: Lopez, Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez, Perez, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Pedro, Dzeko.
Good starting position
Ajax wants to provide itself with a good starting position for the return in Rome. That will be necessary, because in this European season Roma never once lost points in their own Stadio Olimpico. CSKA Sofia was the only one to remove a point (0-0). The return game is scheduled for April 15 at 9 p.m.
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