Yaya Sanogo will not face Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night as he recovers from a ‘slight’ groin strain.

The lanky front man picked up the injury playing for Ajax’s reserves at the weekend and while it has been described a ‘not serious’ it is enough to keep him sidelined for the start of the competition.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 04: Yaya Sanogo of Ajax in action during the third qualifying round 2nd leg UEFA Champions League match between Ajax Amsterdam and SK Rapid Vienna held at Amsterdam ArenA on August 4, 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Injured again (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ajax will also be with former Everton man John Heitinga who is also injured while Riechedly Bazoer is suspended.

Sanogo has only featured for Ajax’s senior side three times this season, playing a measly 47 minutes.

Ajax have named their 18 man squad for the game in Amsterdam:

Jasper Cillessen
Ricardo van Rhijn
Joël Veltman
Mike van der Hoorn
Viktor Fischer
Daley Sinkgraven
Arek Milik
Davy Klaassen
Amin Younes
Lasse Schöne
Anwar El Ghazi
Jairo Riedewald
Kenny Tete
Thulani Serero
Nick Viergever
Nemanja Gudelj
Diederik Boer
Mitchell Dijks

Kick-off is 6pm (UK), 7pm local time.