Milan - Juventus are preparing to do without Sami Khedira,
Patrice Evra and Hernanes when they host Manchester City on Wednesday looking
to clinch their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Serie A champions Juventus claimed a third consecutive win
in Italy's top flight for the first time this season with a 1-0 win over AC
Milan in Turin on Saturday.
But the victory came at a price, France international Evra
hobbling off with an ankle injury and Brazil midfielder Hernanes -- who is
already suspended for Wednesday -- suffering a thigh "muscle
problem", according to the club.
Khedira did not even make Massimiliano Allegri's matchday
squad after a scar from a recent thigh injury flared up while he was on
international duty with Germany.
Reports say Khedira will "train apart" from the
rest of the squad this week and is definitely sidelined for the visit of Group
D leaders City, who qualified for the last 16 with a 3-1 win away to Sevilla
last time out.
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Evra, meanwhile, is set for fitness tests on Monday and
Tuesday on his left ankle. Alex Sandro is the logical replacement, but the
Brazilian has been used sparingly so far and Allegri may opt to tinker with his
Also missing through injury is Roberto Pereyra, Kwadwo
Asamoah and Simone Padoin, while Uruguayan midfielder Martin Caceres is also
set for a late fitness test on a right thigh problem.
The absences should see on-loan Chelsea forward Juan
Cuadrado start for the Bianconeri, while Allegri has yet to decide whether
Paulo Dybala -- who hit Juve's winner on Saturday -- or Mario Mandzukic will
partner Alvaro Morata up front.
Morata was the hero earlier this season when Juventus
eclipsed their poor league form to stun City 2-1 at the City of Manchester
stadium and will again be looking to put Manuel Pellegrini's men to the sword.
Morata equalled a club record, set by former Juve great
Alessandro Del Piero, when he scored for the fifth time consecutively in a
Champions League game during Juve's 2-0 win over Sevilla last month -- narowly
missing on making the record his own when he then missed a great chance in a
scoreless draw against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Juventus will qualify for the knockout phase with a win, or
with any result if Sevilla do not beat Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
City, stunned 4-1 at home by Liverpool at the weekend, will
clinch first place in the group with victory in Turin.For
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