Man Utd Handed Boost As Juventus Confirm Triple Injury Blow Ahead Of ECL Clash
Manchester United have received a boost as Juventus have confirmed a triple injury concerns ahead of their Champions League showdown on Wednesday.
Manchester United have received a timely boost as Juventus have confirmed a triple injury concern ahead of their Champions League showdown in Turin on Wednesday night.
The Serie A champions returned to training on Sunday afternoon to begin preparations for the United game following a 3-1 victory over Cagliari on Saturday that maintained Juve’s six-point lead over Inter Milan at the top of the table.
The Old Lady provided an update on their official website that revealed a triple injury blow with Douglas Costa, Blaise Matuidi and Mario Mandzukic all emerging as doubts to face Jose Mourinho’s men at the Allianz Stadium.
Costa was forced off during the win over Cagliari at the weekend after picking up a muscle problem in his left adductor and the winger underwent physiotherapy treatments at the Juventus training ground on Sunday afternoon.
Matuidi was also substituted during the Serie A game on Saturday after suffering a hip problem and the French international is also a doubt to face United having undergone treatment on the injury yesterday.
Mandzukic missed the win over Cagliari due to a niggling ankle injury and the Croatian international was unable to take part in the full training session on Sunday so it remains to be seen whether he’ll be fit to face United.
Juventus may also have doubts over Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Bernardeschi. Chiellini was an unused substitute at weekend while Bernardeschi wasn’t involved in the matchday squad at all and the pair conducted a personalised training session on Sunday ahead of the visit of United.
We’ll have to wait and see how the players progress over the next 48 hours but it will be a huge boost to United if Costa, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Chiellini or Bernardeschi miss the game on Wednesday night.
United currently sit second in Group H but they’re five points adrift of Juventus after the Italians put-in an impressive performance to secure a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture two weeks ago with Paulo Dybala scoring the only goal of the game.
Mourinho knows his side have to pick up a win on Wednesday to stand any chance of finishing top and defeat would leave their qualification hopes hanging in the balance if third-placed Valencia beat Young Boys in Spain.
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