Returning Dybala might step in to replace injured Higuain – Allegri
Juventus Manager, Massimiliano Allegri is considering playing returning Dybala in a striking role to replace the injured Gonzalo Higuain in Sunday’s clash with Atalanta.
The Argentine prodigy only made his return in Juve’s 1-0 derby win over Torino having been absent for close to six weeks due to a hamstring problem.
As his Countryman, Higuain is expected to be unavailable as a result of an ankle problem, Allegri is concerned with the prospect of Dybala starting the game having only recovered recently too.
Juve will play against Atalanta again on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia before traveling to face Tottenham at Wembley in the return fixture of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, thus the Juventus Manager is extremely cautious about how to reintroduce his top talent.
Columbian, Juan Cuadrado, and Mattia De Sciglio are both ruled out of this weekend match against Atalanta while Allegri also confirmed that Federico Bernardeschi may need surgery on a knee problem. However, French midfielder, Blaise Matuidi is available again after recovering from a thigh injury.
“It will be difficult for Higuain to play tomorrow,” Allegri told reporters on Saturday.
“Bernardeschi will be re-evaluated in the coming 20 days. If by that time the conservative treatment has not had the desired effect, we’ll see if he needs an operation. Unfortunately, that is the situation with Federico. Apart from De Sciglio and Cuadrado, everyone else is at my disposal.
“Yesterday [in training] I tried Dybala in the striker role, but it’s unthinkable that after 40-45 days of not playing that he can play the full 90 minutes for the next three games, so we’ll have to manage him carefully.
“He played around half an hour against Torino, so it’s about finding the right fitness levels in a decisive moment of the season.
“Matuidi and [Miralem] Pjanic will play tomorrow, and then I’ll choose one of [Rodrigo] Bentancur, [Claudio] Marchisio or [Stefano] Sturaro to play with them. Bentancur has a great future ahead of him, he’s 20 years old and has a lot of great quality, he will be a major player for Juventus.
“[Gianluigi] Buffon will play tomorrow, as will [Stephan] Lichtsteiner and I’ll choose one of [Mehdi] Benatia or [Daniele] Rugani.”