Gigi Del Neri says he won't risk Milos Krasic against Genoa unless he's fully recovered and comments on Antonio Cassano. “Never say never.”
Juventus are beset by injury problems, so the potential return of Krasic from a thigh strain is a big boost.
“If there is the slightest risk, then Krasic will not play and he'll be on the bench. I want Milos to be in good shape for the next few games,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“The team has shown in other matches that it can get results even without him, so if he is feeling good then he'll play, otherwise it will be Davide Lanzafame.”
Transfer speculation surrounds the Bianconeri after yet another long-term injury ruled Amauri out for two months.
“There are six weeks to go until the transfer window and we have other things to think about. The only problem is that Fabio Quagliarella cannot play in the Europa League.”
One of the potential January signings is Cassano, who worked with Del Neri at Sampdoria and is in the process of having his contract there terminated.
“It's not my place to judge. I trained Cassano in my career and maybe one day I will do so again. Never say never.
“Our main objective is to stay in the vicinity of the leaders, so we can then go for broke when the time comes.”
In the meantime, Juve will face Sampdoria's arch rivals Genoa at Marassi on Sunday at lunchtime.
“The atmosphere is very intense and we must prepare for a big game. The Genoa fans will pour their energy into pushing the side forward.
“We must be ready for a football battle royal against a side fired up by recent positive results. Juve will take on Genoa in our own style, regardless of how they decide to play.
“The lunchtime kick-off is a first for us this season, so I hope my lads will be wide awake and not ready for a nap! We tested the new hours this week and it helped, but the toughest thing is eating a big meal very early.”