Kane & Buffon

Juventus receive good and bad news ahead of Tottenham clash

Gonzalo Higuain is expected to be named in Juventus’ squad to travel to London this week to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, according to Football Italia.

However, Mario Mandzukic remains a doubt for Wednesday’s trip to Wembley having trained separately from the first-team.

The Bianconeri take on Spurs in the second-leg of a tie which is currently finely poised at 2-2 following a thrilling battle in Turin three weeks ago.

Higuain back, Mandzukic out

Gonzalo Higuain

TURIN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 13: Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus scores his sides second goal past Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Stadium on February 13, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Argentinian striker has been sidelined recently with an ankle problem, after limping out of the Derby della Mole and then missing Juve’s 1-0 win over Lazio last Saturday.

In the first nine minutes of the first-leg at the Allianz, Higuain terrorized Tottenham’s back-line scoring a brace and the Old Lady will be hoping for more of the same from their frontman.

Mandzukic, on the other hand, looks to be set to sit out of this huge Champions League clash having missed training with a suspected injury.

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The Croatian forward and Higuain are both expected to be assessed ahead of the game by the club’s medical team.

Meanwhile, Mattia De Sciglio, Federico Bernardeschi and Juan Cuadrado are all expected to be absent on Wednesday through injury.

Tottenham vs Juventus preview

Spurs are looking to defend their status of undefeated in 2018 as they take on Juventus this Wednesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have also proven to be a real force at Wembley this season. Losing just twice there in all competitions. Despite visits from Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

On Saturday, Heung-min Son netted a brace to hand Spurs three crucial Premier League points. With the South Korean sending a real message to the Italian side that he is a man to look out for.

Meanwhile, in Serie A this week, Juve left it late to clinch a huge victory in the 93rd minute as the returning Paulo Dybala handed his side all three points against Lazio.

The Old Lady managed to maintain their incredible defensive record and close the gap on first-placed Napoli to just one point.

Tottenham face the daunting task of once again attempting to unlock the back-line of Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

Juventus have conceded just three times in their last 20 games and are yet to concede since these two teams last met.

Juventus 2-2 Tottenham 1st leg highlights

How Juventus 2-2 Tottenham played out

With just nine minutes on the clock in Turin, Tottenham’s Champions League dreams looked to have descended into a nightmare. As a Gonzalo Higuain brace looked to have downed them.

However, in a great showing of guile and determination, Tottenham stepped up to score two past a side that had conceded just once in their previous 16 games.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were on hand for Spurs as the North Londoners netted two hugely valuable away goals to set up a thrilling second-leg tie at Wembley.

Tottenham Hotspur

During the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Stadium on February 13, 2018 in Turin, Italy.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full UCL preview here.