Massimiliano Allegri revealed Juventus will be without their South American contingent, including Paulo Dybala, and the injured Federico Chiesa as they prepare to face Napoli on Saturday.
Dybala, who has been involved in four goals in his last four league games, heads the absentee list, which also includes Rodrigo Bentancur, Danilo, Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro.
Juve have managed just one point from their opening two Serie A games, only once in their history – Allegri’s first spell in 2015-16 – have they failed to win any of their opening three matches.
And matters have worsened for the Old Lady as Allegri confirmed on Friday that the visitors will be without their South American players after their late returns from international duty.
“I decided to leave the South Americans at home because they will return too late,” Allegri told Friday’s pre-match news conference.
“[Juan] Cuadrado was the only one who could have joined the team, but he suffered stomach flu. He hasn’t even returned to Italy. He is in still Colombia to undergo some medical examinations.
“This is the situation, I’ve never complained about the fixture list. Some players finished their international games at 3am last night and would return to Turin at 11am tomorrow morning.
“We don’t want to run the risk they pick up injuries, so they will remain in Turin to work, it makes more sense.”
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