Allegri: Year over for Cancelo, Ronaldo…
Juventus boss Max Allegri admits Joao Cancelo’s year is over and that ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will miss one of our games against Roma, Atalanta and Sampdoria.’
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“Cancelo did the meniscus in his knee this morning, so he’ll have surgery tonight or tomorrow and he’ll be back after the winter break,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“Cuadrado has a knee problem and we’ll decide whether he needs surgery too. However, there is some positive news: Emre Can is back, Khedira returns next week and Spinazzola is doing fine.
“We’ll be playing a team who have lost only three games in the League. They’re doing very well and they had a good game against Milan.
“We must give continuity to our results. We have four games until the end of the first round.
“Tomorrow will be a difficult match, so we’ll have to find the right energies to face Torino.
“Ronaldo will miss one of our three games against Roma, Atalanta and Sampdoria. I’ve told him that.
“No problem’s ever existed with Benatia. He returned to the squad yesterday and is available again so I’m happy.
“Benatia, along with Rugani, Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli, make up the best defence in Europe, but at big clubs you have to accept decisions, be competitive and put yourself in contention.
“We’re going step by step. We’ll try to maintain the lead we’ve built up in the first round and then we’ll see.
“We’ll have 19 more games to play after that, plus many more points to pick up. In the meantime, we’ve achieved two of our objectives for the season: first place in our Champions League group and qualification for the knockouts.
“We’ll see what ball comes out on Monday and then in February we’ll think about it. Perin will play tomorrow.”
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