The 35-year-old defender had physical problems that marginalized him for most of the campaign and he could only play three games in Serie A.
The absence of Giorgio Chiellini for physical problems is one of the “great regrets” for the coach of Juventus, Maurizio Sarri, in this season. The 35-year-old defender tore a ligament in his knee in August, ruling it out until February, when he made a couple of appearances in the A series before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus.
The center-back has not played since the tournament resumed due to fitness-related problems, although he renewed his contract with Vecchia Signora until 2021. Sarri confirmed that he trained normally during the past week and is still considered an important player.
Before Wednesday’s match against Sassuolo, the coach said: “Chiellini’s absence is one of the biggest regrets this season. He is a player who knows how to be exciting. He has been training with the team for five days. I see him grow and, in the future, it will give us a great contribution. “
The defense center is causing Sarri headaches at the moment, with Merih Demiral still recovering from her cruciate ligament tear, while Leonardo Bonucci is doubtful for the duel against Sassuolo.
“Merih Demiral is fine, but he needs time to get back to his physical shape. Bonucci has a problem with his foot that we should evaluate today,” said the coach.
Despite losing points in their last two games, Juve continue to lead Serie A with an eight-point lead over Inter and Lazio, but Sarri does not expect an easy match against Sassuolo, who is still fighting to get into tournament qualification. Europeans.
“Sassuolo is a team that is on the same path as Atalanta. They are giving continuity to a project, they are organized and with an intelligent coach. They are in excellent shape and they are a dangerous team that scored 17 goals in six games, so they did not they have no problem when scoring, “said the DT.
And he concluded: “De Zerbi always manages to impress his teams. He is the most interesting of the young coaches. We will be at least equal in the level of enthusiasm and determination, because we are at a time when we are playing for the Scudetto.”
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