Sunday September 8 2013
Juve consider Vucinic injury

Juventus are preparing alternatives for the clash with Inter after Mirko Vucinic returned from international duty with an injury.

The striker was stretchered off during Montenegro’s 1-1 draw in Poland on Friday evening.

Bianconeri medics stated it was “a bruise to the left knee” that will require further tests, but they are confident it is not a sprain.

Nonetheless, it’s a race against time to get Vucinic ready for the Serie A showdown with Inter on Saturday.

The 29-year-old’s knee is said to be swollen and Antonio Conte does not want to run risks ahead of the Champions League opener.

Carlos Tevez is due to start, but his partner could be Fernando Llorente, Sebastian Giovinco or Fabio Quagliarella.

All of them have spent this week training in Turin, as they were not called up for international duty.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, it will give Llorente his first competitive start in a Bianconeri jersey after he arrived from Athletic Bilbao lacking match fitness.

Quagliarella was on the verge of joining Roma or Lazio on transfer deadline day, but those negotiations were halted when Coach Antonio Conte insisted on keeping him.

Meanwhile, today Juventus are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Juventus Stadium’s inauguration. The structure opened its doors on September 8 2011.