Friday January 26 2018
Allegri: ‘Buffon back on Tuesday’

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri says Gianluigi Buffon will start in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday, and hasn’t decided on his future yet.

The goalkeeper has returned to training after a calf injury, but won’t start against Chievo tomorrow, the day before his 40th birthday.

“Tomorrow Buffon will be with the group, but he’ll take the starting shirt back in Bergamo on Tuesday,” Allegri confirmed in his pre-match Press conference.

“As for the statements made, I think they’re part of the reflections Gigi is doing, and I think that’s a separate thing.

“The priority now is to return, take his starting place and think about being a player until the end of the year.

“I went through it, when I decided I had really stopped a long time before, but I’ve never been to Buffon’s levels - I met Milan and Juventus and then stopped.

“It’s part of life though, you have to accept it. You need to understand that the time comes for us all, and after that we have another 40 years to do great things in life.

“It’s not easy, especially for the great champions, but it’s life, you can’t go back.

“We have to keep going forward, because it’s always beautiful to move forward while still being able to think about what has been done.

“The only thing Gigi has to do right now is be a player, to come back.

“On Tuesday he’ll come back in, I think this rest has been good for him because he’s regenerated after the World Cup loss.

“We’re all waiting for him with open arms.”

Antonio Conte had to deal with Alessandro Del Piero's last Juventus season, while Luciano Spalletti did the same with Francesco Totti at Roma - is it difficult?

"Difficult no, because when Gigi was out of the team, he wasn't playing because he was injured. He'd have played otherwise, and from Tuesday he'll take back his starting position.

"There's no problem. Then at the end of the year he'll reflect and he'll decide, but we all reflect every day.

"He's in a period where he has a little more to think about, but right now he doesn't need to think, he needs to get back to being a footballer."

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