Juventus manager has revealed that star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is “fine” but equally hinted that he probably wouldn’t start against Spezia on Sunday. On Friday, it was reported from Turin that Cristiano Ronaldo had tested negative for COVID-19 and cleared from quarantine.
Certainly, it was a relief for the Bianconeri who have won just one of their last four games without the Portuguese. The star striker was especially missed in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday.
Despite the 35-year old having worked hard at home to keep up with his fitness level while in self-isolation for over 18 days, the Juve boss confirmed that he wouldn’t likely be in top shape straight away.
Although he acknowledged that Ronaldo is fine, making the starting line-up for Sunday’s trip to Spezia won’t be possible for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. However, he would probably be in the squad and get some valuable minutes along the line in the game.
Pirlo Confirms Ronaldo Is Fine In Pre-Match Conference
Speaking ahead of the Sunday’s fixture, Andrea Pirlo made these assumptions;
“Cristiano is fine, he wants to get back to working with his teammates and be with the squad,” the Juve manager told reporters in his pre-match conference on Saturday afternoon.
“He’s trained at home, although it’s not the same as training on the pitch. I don’t think he’ll play from the start, but he’s an important player and he’s coming with us to Cesena.”
Elsewhere in the team, Pirlo confirmed that center-backs Matthijs de Light and Giorgio Chiellini remain unavailable for the Old Lady for this weekend’s game through injuries. While Paulo Dybala, who just returned after months on the sideline is suffering from a “physical issue” as he works his way back to full fitness following a thigh injury.
“It’s just a physical issue for him,” Pirlo said on Paulo Dybala’s situation.
“I always said he wasn’t at 100 percent, so he might play the first game well and then struggle after that. He just needs time to train and recover his full fitness. I can assure you that a player doesn’t think about a new contract when he’s on the pitch.”
Aaron Ramsey isn’t at his best yet after Dynamo Kyiv either, so some need rest and we can’t afford it right now,” added the manager.
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