Tuesday March 11 2014
Tevez to miss Juve-Fiorentina?

There are reports Carlos Tevez will not be fit to start Thursday’s Europa League Juventus-Fiorentina tie.

According to Tuttosport, the striker has been struggling with a knee problem and will undergo further tests tomorrow.

Antonio Conte may well decide not to risk his Serie A top scorer, handing the starting spots to Daniel Osvaldo and Fernando Llorente.

Osvaldo arrived in January on loan from Southampton and already scored in the Europa League against Trabzonspor.

He is a former Fiorentina player, but missed Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Viola in Serie A as he was on paternity leave – even though he sat in the stands to watch.

Andrea Pirlo was suspended for that League encounter and returns here, as do Borja Valero and Nenad Tomovic for Fiorentina.

Another option for Conte is to partner Osvaldo with Sebastian Giovinco, as the pairing worked well against Trabzonspor in the last round and they have known each other since the Italy Under-21 side.