AC Milan will travel to Holland to face Ajax in the next round of matches for the UEFA Champions League.
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Milan striker Mario Balotelli is Milan's leading scorer this season with four goals and will make his return after missing his team's last two Serie A games due to suspension.
"In the past few days I've had a knee problem but I am ready to play against Ajax," Balotelli told Gazzetta dello Sport. "In Amsterdam, we want to give continuity to our victory over Celtic. Our aim is to arrive as calmly as possible to our double-header with Barcelona."
"We have been unlucky at the start of the season," Balotelli said. "But we are not inferior to any team and I'm sure that by Christmas we will be in the top positions."
Milan will be without five injured players but coach Massimiliano Allegri will be able to choose midfielder Riccardo Montolivo and striker Stephan El Shaarawy after they both trained with the team and could feature against Ajax.
Ajax had the opposite result after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Barcelona a few weeks ago. The Dutch side last beat a Serie A team in European competition 11 years ago.
Ajax coach Frank de Boer was impressed by his team's display and expects more of the same when his side take on Milan.
"I wanted to see an Ajax that was aggressive in play, coaching, and fending off the opponent," De Boer said. "And I saw that (against Go Ahead Eagles) for the entire 90 minutes. Then you see that both attacking and defending can be beautiful."
"We controlled and created opportunities. We showed passion and that is what we need to do on Tuesday."
The hosts will be without forward Bojan Krkic, who sustained a hamstring injury on Saturday.
Kick off for the match is at 2:45 p.m. ET and can be watched online here.
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