Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Dusan Vlahovic is fit and ready to play against AC Milan on Sunday, while Federico Chiesa’s availability remains uncertain. Vlahovic had been sidelined with a back injury, causing him to miss both Juventus’ previous matches and the Serbia national team’s games. However, Allegri stated that Vlahovic has been training with the team all week and is in good condition. Despite this, Allegri acknowledged that Vlahovic may not be able to play the full 90 minutes due to his recent absence from action.
On the other hand, Chiesa did participate in training with the Italy squad, despite being unable to play in Juventus’ victory over Torino due to a muscle injury. However, he returned to his club before Italy’s matches against Malta and England. Allegri revealed that Chiesa completed half of the training session on Friday, and his availability for the upcoming game will be assessed. The manager expressed his hope to have Chiesa on the team, emphasizing the importance of having multiple options for substitutions in a potentially decisive match.
Unfortunately, Nicolo Fagioli will not be part of Allegri’s plans as he recently began serving a seven-month ban for violating betting rules. Allegri acknowledged the challenging period Fagioli will face but assured him that the club, staff, and teammates are supportive and waiting for his return.
Due to injuries to Alex Sandro and Danilo, Adrien Rabiot will assume the captaincy for the first time. The French midfielder has played every minute of Juventus’ season so far. Juventus currently sits in third place in the Serie A table and will face league leaders Milan at the San Siro. The two teams are separated by four points, making the match crucial in the title race.
In conclusion, Dusan Vlahovic’s return from injury provides a boost for Juventus ahead of their clash with AC Milan, while Federico Chiesa’s availability remains uncertain. Nicolo Fagioli’s absence due to a betting ban is a setback for the team, but Allegri expressed his support for the player. With key players injured, Adrien Rabiot will lead the team as captain. The upcoming match against Milan holds significant importance in the league standings.
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