Juventus will rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Sunday´s Serie A game against Brescia but defender Giorgio Chiellini is set to return after a long injury layoff.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in ten consecutive Serie A games, but coach Maurizio Sarri has opted to rest the forward with Juventus playing Lyon in the Champions League last 16 on February 26.
The Bianconeri released their official squad list on Saturday.
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According to the details, Ronaldo’s absence not related to an injury.
He has to rest after heavy involvement to start the year.
Captain Giorgio Chiellini selected in the squad and will make his first appearance since suffering a knee injury on the opening matchday in August.
The 35-year-old had training again with the eight-time reigning champions and on Saturday named in the squad to play Brescia in Turin.
His presence should provide a boost for Juventus who have lost top spot in Serie A to Inter Milan on goal difference and suffered two defeats in their last three games.
Chiellini scored the first goal of the Serie A season against Parma before picking up a knee injury in training.
Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi miss out through injury, so Juan Cuadrado could once again play in a more attacking role because of the team’s lack of depth out wide.
Under-23 prospect Wesley could be in line for his debut.
Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty grabbed Juventus a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in their Italian Cup semi-final.
He has had scored 12 goals in his last eight games in all competitions after the Portuguese ultimately got the better of old rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite being largely anonymous for much of the match.