Ajax must visit Heracles Almelo on Sunday in the league match without Hakim Ziyech. The playmaker is not in good shape.

The 26-year-old Ziyech played in a disappointing Europa League match with Getafe (2-0 defeat) for the first time a whole game since he had to miss a few weeks with a calf injury.

Ajax will play the important return against Getafe in the sixteenth finals of the Europa League next Thursday in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

In the absence of Ziyech the midfield of Ajax against Heracles consists of Ryan Gravenberch, Donny van de Beek and Lisandro Martínez. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can start again in the rush hour; Lassina Traoré is sitting on the couch. Ryan Babel and Dusan Tadic are attacking alongside Huntelaar.

Perr Schuurs, who opened the 2-0 against Getafe with an error, is favored over Edson Álvarez in the center of the back.

Heracles Almelo-Ajax starts on Sunday at 4.45 pm and is led by referee Pol van Boekel.

Heracles Almelo set-up : Blaswich; Breukers, Rossmann, Knoester, Hardeveld; Kiomourtzoglou, Merkel, Osman; Mauro, Dessers, Burgzorg

Ajax setup : Onana; Dest, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Martínez, Van de Beek, Gravenberch; Babel, Huntelaar, Tadic.