Thursday February 7 2013
Marchisio wants to play, but…

Juventus’ Claudio Marchisio is keen to return to action after injury, but he doesn’t know whether he’ll be risked against Fiorentina.

The midfielder has been sidelined for the last week with a hip problem, but he is well on the road to recovery.

“Everything is going well,” the Italian international stated on Thursday. “I’m always keen to play, but we’ll have to see.

“Now we have a few days before the Fiorentina and the Champions League ties to carefully evaluate if I can return.

“These things will be considered now that everyone is back from international duty.”

Juventus are still League leaders, but Napoli’s run of form means that the Azzurri are now just three points shy of the Old Lady.

“The championship is saying that Napoli are our biggest rivals at the moment,” the former Empoli player added.

“Napoli have done some great work over the years and this season, more than ever, they are showing their true worth.

“They’ll be looking to take us on for the Scudetto right until the very end. But we are just thinking about Fiorentina...”

It will be a big month for Juventus seeing as they will take on Celtic in the first leg of their last 16 European Cup tie on Tuesday.

“The Champions League, along with Serie A, is an objective. They are important targets, but we just have to take things one game at a time.”