Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in his side’s meeting with Atalanta on Sunday.
The Bianconeri are set to return to action in a little under 24 hours’ time.
Pirlo and co. will make the trip to Bergamo, for a potentially crucial Serie A showdown with Atalanta.
As things stand, the two sides are separated by just a solitary point in the Italian top-flight, with Juve in possession of the advantage, in 3rd.
This of course comes amid a rare down season for the perennial champions, which has seen new boss Pirlo struggle to translate his ideas into consistent performances on the pitch.
In turn, Juventus look certain to surrender their lengthy hold over Serie A over the coming weeks, as Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan march towards a first title since 2010.
Missing out on a Champions League berth, though, would prove nothing short of a disaster for the Old Lady, making a positive result against Atalanta tomorrow afternoon of the utmost importance.
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Juve’s hopes of getting the better of an always dangerous Oribici outfit, however, as outlined above, have today been dented.
This comes after it was confirmed that the Turin giants’ star man is set to play no part at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday.
Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Andrea Pirlo was asked for a fitness update on his squad.
And, altogether out of the blue, the Bianconeri boss went on to reveal that Cristiano Ronaldo has picked up what was described as ‘a flexor problem’:
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Paulo Dybala, in turn, is expected to take his place alongside Alvaro Morata in Juventus’ frontline in Bergamo.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.