Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirms both Paulo Dybala and Aaron Ramsey are in doubt for tomorrow’s ‘important’ match against Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio.
The Bianconeri visit the Biancocelesti at the Stadio Olimpico at 17.00 UK time.
It’s the first time Maurizio Sarri meets the Bianconeri since his sacking in 2020.
Paulo Dybala returned from international duty with a slight calf injury which could force him out of action against the Biancocelesti tomorrow.
“Dybala will train for the first time in a week today. He wants to be available, but we have to see,” Allegri said at a press conference.
“He has nothing serious, but the calf is tricky.”
According to multiple reports in Italy, Dybala should be available but is unlikely to start.
On the other hand, Aaron Ramey may not be available at all as he sustained a new injury yesterday.
“I have to evaluate him, yesterday he had a flexor problem and we’ll see if he can be available tomorrow,” Allegri said.
“He’s had a few problems with injuries at Juventus. He returned to training last week and played with the national team.
“Today, I will see who is available to travel to Rome.”
The Bianconeri sit eight in the Serie A table, three points off Lazio, who are just one point behind fourth-placed Atalanta.
“Juventus and Lazio are the teams that have won the most trophies over the last few years,” said Allegri.
“We are both close to a Champions League placement, it’s a difficult game, but also a very important one.
“Sarri has given a great organisation to Lazio. He has technical players such as Milinkovic-Savic, Pedro and Luis Alberto. They are organised, so we’ll need to play a good game technically and defend well.
“Sarri is a great coach and that’s proved by the results he has achieved.”
When the Tuscan tactician was sacked by Juventus in 2020, he reportedly told the Bianconeri directors that the team was ‘untrainable’, what does Allegri make of it?
“Sarri said it, so you should ask him,” said Allegri.
“To me, every team is trainable. It’s up to the coach to decide the best approach. I don’t know what to say, I didn’t say that, but the team has changed since two years ago.”
“We must not talk but work,” the coach continued.
“We must improve in attack and defence, step by step.”