Ajax midfielder De Jong may miss Juventus tie

Frenkie de Jong for Ajax. GOAL

Frenkie de Jong for Ajax. GOAL

Frenkie de Jong left Ajax's game game against Excelsior after just 28 minutes grabbing his hamstring as he walked down the tunnel with a member of the medical staff, making him a doubt for the Juventus game on Tuesday night.

And the Dutchman shined in Amsterdam on Wednesday as Ajax drew with Juventus 1-1, setting up a thrilling second-leg tie next week. 'We were already 1-0 up so there was no point taking any risks.' De Jong's omission would come as a huge blow for Ajax, who have it all to do after drawing the first leg 1-1 in Amsterdam.

The midfielder had complained about a fitness issue ahead of the Juventus clash, but played a full 90 minutes against the Serie A champs nevertheless.

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Netherlands global De Jong established himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football thanks to superb performances for club and country, and the 21-year-old will join Barcelona at the end of this season in a deal worth €86million.

Saturday's victory for Ajax put them three points clear of PSV Eindhoven at the top of the standings, although PSV play at home on Sunday against struggling De Graafschap.

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli, 37, announced after the loss to SPAL that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

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