Ajax will face Brighton in a crucial Europa League clash without three key players, as interim manager Hedwiges Maduro takes charge of the team following the sacking of Maurice Steijn. The absent players are:
1. **Georges Mikautadze**: The Georgian striker will be unavailable due to illness.
2. **Jay Gorter**: The goalkeeper, who has started every game for Ajax this season, is missing due to injury. Gorter was substituted in the 4-3 defeat to Utrecht after picking up an injury. His replacement will either be experienced goalkeeper Remko Pasveer or new signing Diant Ramaj.
3. **Devyne Rensch**: The defender is also unavailable due to injury.
Ajax is currently in a challenging position, as they are 17th in the Eredivisie table and experiencing their worst start to a league season since the competition began in 1956. The club is actively searching for a new manager, but any change in leadership is expected to occur after the matches with Brighton and PSV.
De Zerbi: March will be out for a long period
Brighton & Hove Albion has been hit with a double injury blow as head coach Roberto De Zerbi confirmed that both Solly March and Danny Welbeck will be sidelined for an extended period of time. The injuries occurred during the match against Manchester City, with March having to be taken off on a stretcher. De Zerbi provided this update ahead of Brighton’s UEFA Europa League encounter with Ajax.
According to De Zerbi, Solly March’s injury is significant, and the team will be without him for an extended period. The same applies to Danny Welbeck. Losing both players is a substantial setback, particularly considering their contributions in front of goal for Brighton.
Since the beginning of last season, March has provided 18 goal contributions in 40 Premier League matches, while Welbeck has contributed a total of 10 goals and assists in 39 league appearances.
In addition to the injuries to March and Welbeck, Julio Enciso is also unavailable as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Despite these setbacks, Brighton still has several options to fill the void. Ansu Fati, who joined the team on loan from Barcelona, has made an impression with five substitute appearances in the league, scoring twice. If he seizes the opportunity to impress against Ajax, he could be in line for his first Premier League start when Brighton faces Fulham, as they aim to end a run of three league matches without a win.