Tottenham face a trip to Juventus for their Champions League meeting next week, and their rivals could be severely weakened by injuries.
The Turin giants have a number of fitness concerns heading into the first leg of their last-16 meeting with Spurs, and Massimiliano Allegri has been detailing them in his press conference on Thursday.
While he’s currently preparing his side for a difficult trip to Fiorentina on Friday night, he has conceded that a number of key individuals will be missing, which in turn raise real question marks over their ability to recover in time for next Tuesday’s visit of Tottenham. If you think Tottenham will take advantage of this don’t forget to check out the Bookmakers on Bookmakeradvisor.com for tips and the best odds closer to the game.
“[Juan] Cuadrado is still out but we all knew that would be the case, [Paulo] Dybala, [Benedikt] Howedes and [Blaise] Matuidi are out then the others are available,” he is quoted as saying by Tuttosport.
“Douglas [Costa] is fine, but I don’t think he’ll play from the beginning because [Federico] Bernardeschi is fine and it’s only right that Bernardeschi plays in an important match like tomorrow.’
That’s a number of important players missing just days before the return of Champions League football, and so naturally it will raise doubts over whether or not they will be able to recover in time to face Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
The biggest absence will undoubtedly be that of Dybala, with the Argentine forward scoring 17 goals and providing five assists in 28 appearances so far this season.
From a Tottenham perspective, they will be handed a major boost if he is ruled out along with the others mentioned above as it would certainly severely weaken Juve.