Sunday February 21 2021
Pirlo short of options in midfield, Dybala’s injury a concern for Juve

Paulo Dybala won’t be available to face Crotone tomorrow, but Andrea Pirlo is also short of options in midfield.

The Old Lady face Crotone at the Allianz Stadium on Monday after suffering two defeats in a row against Napoli and Porto.

Paulo Dybala was expected to return to action, but the Argentinean is still out of action with a knee injury.

La Joya was supposed to remain out of action for 15-20 days, but hasn't returned to action since he got injured against Sassuolo on January 10.

“Dybala is not available yet. He still feels pain at his knee, unfortunately he is not improving. He still has problems, so we have to wait a little bit more. Ramsey is available and it’s good news,” Andrea Pirlo said at a press conference.

The former midfielder is short of options in the middle of the park with Arthur injured and Adrien Rabiot suspended.

“We miss Arthur, he is the only midfielder with different characteristics, but we have many options to replace him: Ramsey, Bentancur and Fagioli,” Pirlo said.

“They can adapt to our system, but they don’t have the same characteristics of Arthur. We’ll try to find the best solution tomorrow.

“Arthur must be assessed day by day. He feels pain and for now he can’t play, there isn’t a recovery time settled, he can’t play until he feels pain.

“Bentancur is feeling better, he had a slight physical problem this week, but I think he will be available tomorrow.

“McKennie is also not 100% fit, he has a hip problem, but he is a rock and he grits his teeth because we haven’t got many players available.”

Alvaro Morata is likely to start on the bench with Dejan Kulusevski who is going to partner Cristiano Ronaldo up front.

“Morata is feeling a little bit better, he had a stomach flu, so he wasn’t 100% fit. He is feeling a little bit better now, we hope he will be available tomorrow,” Pirlo said.

Probable line-ups:

JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Buffon; Danilo, Demiral, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, McKennie, Bentancur, Ramsey; Kulusevski, Ronaldo.
CROTONE (4-3-1-2): Cordaz; Rispoli, Djidji, Golemic, Reca; Molina, Petriccione, Vulic; Messias; Ounas, Di Carmine.

Ref: Marini