Ndinga absent for Auxerre denouement

Delvin Ndinga will miss AJ Auxerre's crucial final UEFA Champions League group stage fixture at Real Madrid CF after the midfielder was ruled out until January with a torn thigh muscle.

Delvin Ndinga will not return to action until January
Delvin Ndinga will not return to action until January ©Getty Images

AJ Auxerre will be without Delvin Ndinga for their final Group G game at Real Madrid CF, with the Congolese defensive midfielder ruled out until January with a thigh injury.

The 22-year-old tore a muscle in his thigh in training on Wednesday with the club not expecting to see him back in action until January. A graduate of the Auxerre academy, Ndinga has played in every minute of his side's UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, leaving coach Jean Fernandez with a big gap to fill at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Auxerre are already without full-backs Cédric Hengbart and Jérémy Berthod as well as strikers Anthony Le Tallec and Ireneusz Jeleń. They lie bottom of Group G, but can claim third place – and a UEFA Europa League round of 32 berth – of they get more points in Spain than AFC Ajax can manage against AC Milan.

 

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