Ajax defender Daley Blind admitted today that he will likely miss the remainder of the season due to injury.
The Dutchman suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday while on national team duty with the Netherlands. There were initial fears that the ex-Manchester United man suffered a severe knee injury. However, manager Frank de Boer spoke after his side’s victory over Gibraltar and clarified that it was, in fact, an ankle injury.
“Today, after an examination in the hospital it turned out that fortunately there is no damage to the knee, but that the front ankle ligament of my left ankle is torn,” revealed Blind to Ajax’s official website.
“So I assume that my season at Ajax is over. I will have an operation next week. If everything goes well during rehabilitation, I hope that I can still make it to the Euros this summer.”
He added, “Of course I am terribly disappointed. You play football to win trophies and those trophies will be won in the coming months. Of course, I wanted to be there. It has been a wonderful season with Ajax so far. That now ends very abruptly for me.”
It’s a huge blow for the Dutch giants as they prepare to host Roma next week for the first leg of their Europa League tie. Blind, the team’s vice captain, appeared in 34 match in all competitions this season for Ajax.