NEWS
Saturday August 1 2020
Ronaldo rested, Demiral returns

Cristiano Ronaldo, Matthijs de Ligt and suspended Miralem Pjanic are out of the Juventus squad to face Roma this evening, but Merih Demiral could make his comeback.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Bianconeri have already secured their ninth consecutive Scudetto and are resting players ahead of the Champions League clash with Lyon.

With that in mind, coach Maurizio Sarri had threatened to just field the Under-23 team and that may well largely be the case.

He has decided to give Ronaldo and De Ligt the night off, although they’ll be in the stadium for the ceremony awarding them the Serie A trophy after the game.

Pjanic is suspended, with Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio injured.

Danilo returns after a knock to the head in the Sampdoria match, while Giorgio Chiellini and Aaron Ramsey are also available.

Maurizio Sarri is in the stands too, sitting out a touchline ban.

Reports suggest Gonzalo Higuain will start upfront, but the big news could well be the first start for Demiral since his serious knee injury.

Curiously, that was sustained against Roma back in January, the same game that saw Giallorossi starlet Nicolò Zaniolo stretchered off with a torn ACL.

It’s reported Zaniolo could also have his first start this evening, although he has already played several times as a substitute and scored against Brescia.

Juventus squad for Roma: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral, Coccolo, Wesley, Frabotta; Ramsey, Matuidi, Rabiot, Bentancur, Muratore, Peeters; Cuadrado, Higuain, Bernardeschi, Olivieri, Vrioni, Zanimacchia

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