Although all eyes will be on the Old Trafford return of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus will be without another big name attacking option.
Ahead of the Italian giants’ clash with Manchester United on Tuesday, it has been confirmed via the club’s website that World Cup finalist Mario Mandzukic will not be available for selection.
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Mandzukic’s injury issue
Scoring four goals in his 10 appearances for Juventus this season, Mandzukic was expected to lead the line with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
However, the 32-year-old sprained his ankle during Massimiliano Allegri’s final training session before traveling to Manchester.
Had Ronaldo’s sending off against Valencia not been downgraded to a one-match suspension the defending Serie A champions would be worryingly short of attacking options.
Juventus currently sit four points clear at the top of the table.
The Old Lady will also be without German international Sami Khedira.
The midfielder picked up a muscle injury and was unable to take part over the weekend.
Mourinho’s injury headache
Ahead of a crucial match on Tuesday night, the visitors are not the only ones with an injury headache.
Showing an impressive second-half performance against Chelsea on Saturday, Jose Mourinho will be calling for a similar level of character.
However, it appears that the Portuguese tactician could be without several first-team options.
Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Mourinho confirmed that winger Alexis Sanchez will not be available due to an injury.
The players you saw are the players that are available,”
“Nothing to hide and Alexis is out.”
The 29-year-old will join an injury list that already consists of Diogo Dalot, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay and Phil Jones.
While it was also reported that Marcus Rashford picked up a knock at Stamford Bridge, the England international did take part in training on Monday.