Ajax coach Frank de Boer decided to drop tricky Mounir El Hamdaoui from the first team in the aftermath of their 5-1 KNVB Beker win over RKC last week, but influential defender Jan Vertonghen is hopeful that the highly-rated attacker will soon return to the fold.
The Morocco international will ply his trade with the reserves until further notice, but the Belgian stopper wants to see the front player restored to the Godenzonen's attack.
"We have agreed that we won't say anything about the reason behind El Hamdaoui's demotion to the reserves. But I can assure you that many of the stories about Mounir's situation are false," said Vertonghen to Ajax Life.
"It's disappointing that all kinds of stories are made up. It's as if some people are trying to create something that's not there.
"We're very strong as a team and we all want Mounir to return to the first team as soon as possible. I'm confident that he'll make a comeback. The team doesn't have a problem with him. We all have faith in him that he'll bounce back from this."