Van der Vaart injury blow
By Jeffrey Glorie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax will be missing the mercurial talents of Rafael van der Vaart against Feyenoord.Ajax will be missing the mercurial talents of Rafael van der Vaart for Sunday's De Eredivisie showdown with Feyenoord.
The clash could prove pivotal in determining the destination of the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots, and the Amsterdam outfit will now face the tie without their star midfielder.
Van der Vaart picked up an ankle injury on Wednesday after only recently struggling with both wrist and hamstring injuries.
The 22-year-old's absence will be a blow for Danny Blind's side, but one they must grow accustomed to after the player signalled his intention to depart the Amsterdam ArenA at the end of the current campaign.
Blind faces further selection dilemmas with the news that Romanian duo Bogdan Lobont and Nicolea Mitea both missed training due to back complaints.
However good news comes in the form of Tomas Galasek, as the Czech midfielder has joined in his first training session since December after recovering from an abdominal operation.
In other news it seems as though Ajax's two highly promising youngsters Ryan Babel and Hedwiges Maduro will both feature for the Dutch Under-20 side in the summer.
The duo have made a massive impact in Dutch football this year and have even broken through into the Oranje full squad under Marco Van Basten.
The former Ajax legend had signalled his intention to utilise the players in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, although boss Foppe de Haan has now claimed that they will be at his disposal for the Under-20 World Cup in the summer.
"Of course Van Basten is free to call up every player he wants, but Babel and Maduro will anyhow line up at Oranje Under-20," De Haan told De Telegraaf.