Max Allegri warns Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio won’t face Barcelona, while Juventus wait on Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic.
The Champions League showdown at Camp Nou is on Tuesday evening and the Coach rested several top names in the 3-0 Serie A victory over Chievo on Saturday.
“Chiellini should start training with the squad from Sunday,” said Allegri in his Press conference.
“Alex Sandro had a fever and we hope it has gone away. Khedira and Marchisio are definitely out. Khedira returned from international duty, where he had a knock to the knee, rested for a few days and played 30 minutes. The day after, he felt pain again. Basically, it will take a week or so to have him back.”
Mandzukic limped off during the final minutes of the 3-0 Serie A win over Chievo.
“He just picked up a knock on the calf, it shouldn’t be anything serious.”
Allegri tested out the 4-3-3 formation, but it seems unlikely he will risk it against Barcelona.
“I don’t know what system we’ll use, because Juan Cuadrado is suspended. I’ll have to see how we’re all doing on Monday and then decide.
“On Tuesday there are important points up for grabs in the race for first place, but our objective is to qualify for the next round, so the games we mustn’t get wrong are the second, third and fourth.”
The match with Chievo was the first time since 2010 that Juventus started a Serie A match without any of the BBBC on the field: Gigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Chiellini.
“It was an important step, because life goes on. We would love Buffon, Barzagli and Chiellini to be eternally young, but nobody is, so the club is working to plan for the future.”
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