Ajax manager John van ‘t Schip explained that Jordan Henderson did not feel quite right and did not feature in the team’s 4-2 victory over Heracles.
Despite not being in the matchday squad, Henderson will likelymake his debut for Ajax soon. The 33-year-old midfielder, who recently joined from Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq, is anticipated to contribute to the team in the upcoming matches.
The Ajax manager said on Henderson: “He had hardly trained in a group until this week. In his heart, he would have liked to play, but he said himself, ‘I don’t feel quite the way I would like to feel yet’. We also think he should start as well as he can. So that was not today. We obviously hope to present him next week in the game against PSV.”
Henderson is keen to put his brief period in Saudi Arabia behind him, marked by reports suggesting he did not receive any of the funds from his £350,000 per week wages after the termination of his contract.
The experienced midfielder aims to secure a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming European Championships. Regular playing time at the Dutch side would enhance his chances of achieving this goal.
Henderson is optimistic about making his Ajax debut on the upcoming Saturday when they face league leaders PSV Eindhoven. The upcoming opponents have dominated the league, winning 18 out of 19 games and holding a considerable 13-point lead over second-placed Feyenoord, with Ajax trailing significantly by 21 points.