AFC Ajax will be without midfielder Siem de Jong for their UEFA Champions League Group D match at Olympique Lyonnais

AFC Ajax will be without midfielder Siem de Jong for their UEFA Champions League Group D match at Olympique Lyonnais while Theo Janssen is also an injury doubt.

AFC Ajax have lost Siem de Jong for their UEFA Champions League trip to Olympique Lyonnais after the 22-year-old suffered a thigh injury while fellow midfielder Theo Janssen is a doubt after succumbing to a hamstring problem.

Ajax’s 6-4 defeat at FC Utrecht on Sunday was painful in more ways than one for De Jong, as the Dutch international was substituted after four minutes of the Eredivisie encounter after tearing his thigh muscle while sprinting for the ball.

De Jong, who has featured in all four of Ajax’s Group D games to date and scored in the recent 4-0 victory over GNK Dinamo Zagreb, is expected to be out for between four and six weeks. Such a lay-off also renders him a fitness worry for the matchday six visit of Real Madrid CF on 7 December.

Janssen, meanwhile, has sustained a hamstring complaint which will sideline the 30-year-old for a fortnight. The former FC Twente playmaker and last season’s Dutch player of the year faces a race against time to make the journey to Lyon on 22 November. Ajax, fifth in the Dutch top flight after 12 matches, lie second in their UEFA Champions League section, three points above their matchday five opponents.

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Netherlands midfielder Siem de Jong has extended his stay at AFC Ajax by two years after agreeing a new deal with the Eredivisie champions that ties him to the club until June 2015. Dutch international Siem de Jong has prolonged his stay with AFC Ajax after signing a contract extension keeping him at the Amsterdam club until June 2015.

The new deal adds two years to the contract of a player who had a huge part in Ajax’s 2010/11 Eredivisie title-winning campaign – attacking midfielder De Jong scored 12 goals in 32 games. The 22-year-old also made his international debut against Ukraine last August.

“My goal is to win the championship again and to contribute as much as possible to the team,” said De Jong, who joined the Godenzonen from De Graafschap in September 2007 and has made 86 league appearances in four seasons at the Amsterdam ArenA. “I am happy to extend my contract because I really like it here. Ajax are good for my development.”

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