Ajax duo’s fast blast

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY SI­MON MULLOCK

AJAX stars Hakim Ziyech and Nous­sair Mazraoui have told the club that they are go­ing to fast dur­ing the Is­lamic holy month of Ra­madan.

But Dutch fit­ness guru Ray­mond Ver­hei­jen has warned the pair they will suf­fer phys­i­cally at a cru­cial stage of the sea­son for tre­ble-chas­ing Ajax.

They face Willem II in the Dutch Cup fi­nal to­day, Tot­ten­ham on Wed­nes­day in the Cham­pi­ons League and are lead­ing PSV at the top of the Ere­di­visie.

Ver­hei­jen said: “It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble if Ziyech and Mazraoui stick to the fast­ing re­quire­ments at this stage of the sea­son.

“If they do this now, it is like throw­ing a span­ner in a wheel.”

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