Ajax should be six to nine months without a captain Joël Veltman. The defender has the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee is torn, so is Monday the research has shown.
The 26-year-old Veltman went Thursday in the thuisduel with VVV-Venlo (4-1) by stretcher from the field. Ajax ordered a day later already know to expect that the captain, soon to be gopereerd, months off.
It is not the first time that Veltman must watch by a severe knee injury. As a youth player from Ajax, tore in 2011, he had been cruciate ligament.
The born Velsenaar debuted in August 2012 in the main body of the 33-times national champions. He has played so far 202 official matches for Ajax, in which he has nine goals made.
This season, the counter for Veltman on thirty Eredivisieduels. The negentienvoudig international of Orange became the beginning of march are goals lost under trainer Erik ten Hag, but it was the last weeks, again as leader at the kick-off.
Without Veltman Ajax is playing this season at home against losing bekerfinalist AZ (Sunday) and against Excelsior (6 april). In those duels is only the second place in the game.
Ajax, that for the fourth season in a row, no price picked up, has a lead of five points, AZ. The second place gives right to a place in the third qualifying round of the Champions League in August. His injury is Veltman therefore not of the party.
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