Tuesday April 16 2019
Juve-Ajax: Dybala yes, De Sciglio maybe?

Paulo Dybala is set to start and wear the captain’s armband for Juventus against Ajax, but there are still doubts over Mattia De Sciglio and Emre Can.

The Champions League quarter-final kicks off in Turin at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam.

Mario Mandzukic, Giorgio Chiellini, Martin Caceres and Mattia Perin are out injured, with Douglas Costa not 100 per cent fit.

Multiple sources are confident Dybala has won the battle with Moise Kean to lead the attack, flanked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi.

La Joya is also bound to wear the captain’s armband in the absence of both Chiellini and Mandzukic.

There are only two doubts remaining in Max Allegri’s plans.

The first is at right-back, where the Corriere dello Sport, Sky Sport Italia and more claim De Sciglio has overtaken Joao Cancelo.

Allegri already confirmed Alex Sandro would start on the left, with Daniele Rugani in the centre of defence.

Emre Can missed the first leg with an ankle injury and had been expected to start, but some doubts were raised when he stayed behind this morning to undergo specialist training rather than travel with the team to their hotel.

It is still more likely than not we’ll see Emre Can in the starting XI.

Ajax have Nicolas Tagliafico suspended, but Noussair Mazraoui returns from his ban and is the natural choice to step in at left-back.

Frenkie de Jong limped off during Saturday’s Eredivisie win over Excelsior, but it was just a precaution when he felt a twinge in his hamstring.

The future Barcelona midfielder took part in yesterday’s full training session.

Probable line-ups

Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Can, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo

Ajax (4-3-3): Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Mazraoui; Van de Beek, Schöne, De Jong; Ziyech, Tadic, Neres

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