Roberto D’Aversa urged Dejan Kulusevski “not to try over-doing it” for Parma against his future club Juventus. “Just enjoy his football.”
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Gervinho has been ruled out by injury, as his thigh strain was at risk of relapse, so Roberto Inglese is likely to start with Juraj Kucka and 19-year-old Kulusevski.
“Alberto Grassi will also unfortunately not be coming, as he hurt his back during the Lecce game,” said the coach in his press conference.
“Antonino Barillà hasn’t trained for two days, but will be in the squad anyway. We have to put everything else out of our minds and focus only on what will be a very different game. We are eager to bring home a result from Turin.”
It’s a special match for Kulusevski, who has already signed for Juventus in a deal worth €35m plus up to €9m in add-ons from Atalanta.
He remains on loan at Parma for the rest of the season, but his performances have taken a downturn since the transfer was agreed.
“Kulusevski has to work even harder now, as people no longer see him as this promising newcomer promoted from the Atalanta youth team,” warned D’Aversa.
“I would advise him not to try over-doing it, to attempt something spectacular every time. He should continue with the attitude he’s had so far, which is to really enjoy his football.”
Parma squad for Juventus: Alastra, Colombi, Sepe; Bruno Alves, Darmian, Dermaku, Gagliolo, Iacoponi, Laurini, Pezzella; Barillà, Brugman, Hernani, Kucka, Kulusevski, Kurtic, Scozzarella; Cornelius, Inglese, Siligardi, Sprocati
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