Monday November 29 2010
Juve have defensive headache

Depleted Juventus could field Simone Pepe at right-back in their Europa League game against Lech Poznan.

Boss Gigi Del Neri has limited options in that position given that Zdenek Grygera and Marco Motta are injured, while Frederick Sorensen is not eligible to play in the competition.

Pepe, a midfielder, came off the bench to score the equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.

The Old Lady are also struggling at left-back as Paolo De Ceglie is out until February and Fabio Grosso also can't be used in Europe. As a result Armand Traore will probably start.

Juventus ideally need a victory on Wednesday to keep their qualification hopes alive after drawing all four of their group games to date.

Del Neri has this evening named a 21-man squad which contains no fewer than eight youth-team players.

Key duo Alberto Aquilani and Fabio Quagliarella haven't travelled to Poland as they, along with Hasan Salihamdizic, can't be fielded in the Europa League either.

Juventus squad: Chiellini, Felipe Melo, Sissoko, Marchisio, Iaquinta, Del Piero, Manninger, Traore, Bonucci, Lanzafame, Pepe, Krasic, Storari, Costantino, Buchel, Giandonato, Libertazzi, Camilleri, Giannetti, De Paola, Liviero.

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