Ronaldo set for return on Juventus bench in opposition to Spezia


Cristiano Ronaldo has returned a second unfavourable coronavirus take a look at however won’t begin Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Spezia, Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo mentioned on the eve of the match.

“The unfavourable results of the second swab has additionally arrived, so in the present day Cristiano Ronaldo shall be known as as much as the group,” mentioned Pirlo. 

“He’s effective and has been coaching individually this morning. I do not assume he’ll begin from the start, we’ll see the way it goes tomorrow.”

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has missed 4 video games for Juventus together with the midweek Champions League defeat in opposition to Barcelona.

However the 35-year-old will journey with the group to Cesena on the Adriatic coast, the place Ligurian membership Spezia are enjoying their residence video games as their Stadio Picco is modernised for his or her first season within the high flight.

Juventus are fifth in Serie A having drawn three video games of 5 together with 1-1 in opposition to promoted Crotone, and are 4 factors behind leaders AC Milan.

“Tomorrow is a recreation we should win,” mentioned Pirlo of 14th-placed Spezia, who’ve 5 factors from as many video games.

“Will probably be troublesome, because it was in Crotone, Spezia are a newly promoted aspect who’re doing properly.

“I do know their coach (Vincenzo Italiano) properly, we have been on the identical teaching course collectively,” continued Pirlo who received his teaching diploma simply earlier than the beginning of the season. 

“I am not stunned concerning the strain, I’ve at all times been within the highlight and I am used to having duties.” 

Ronaldo has been named alongside fellow strikers Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.

Defender Leonardo Bonucci is predicted to play after a slight thigh downside, however Giorgio Chiellini won’t. 

“He’s higher, however not but obtainable,” added Pirlo of the veteran captain.

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