Milan - Injury-hit Juventus star Paulo Dybala is set to miss
the trip to AC Milan on Saturday where the champions can take another step
towards a record-equalling fifth consecutive title.
Dybala, who is Juve's top scorer with 14 league goals this
term, has been sidelined since March 20 when he crumpled to the ground in pain
after taking a free-kick in a 4-1 derby win at Torino.
He was diagnosed with a right thigh strain, an injury which
robbed him of the chance to play for Argentina in his native city of Cordoba
last week when the hosts beat Bolivia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Dybala has been training apart from the rest of Juve's squad
this week in a bid to regain match fitness, but reports say the striker will
not be fully match fit until Juve welcome Palermo to Turin next week.
In Dybala's absence, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri will be
expected to deploy Alvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic up front a week after the
latter hit the winner in a 1-0 win over Empoli.
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The win, coupled with Napoli's shock 3-1 defeat to Udinese,
left the Bianconeri with a six-point lead and one hand on a fifth consecutive
league crown -- a feat Juve last achieved in 1935.
Morata, however, says Juve's fightback from the lower
reaches to the table earlier this season will count for nothing if they don't
triumph on May 15.
"We didn't start the season well and we battled hard to
get back into contention, but it won't count for anything if we don't win the
title," said the Spain striker.
"In the Italian league, one bad result can help
relaunch your rivals. We have a great opportunity, but only if we focus on our
own task at hand."
Although there are seven games left, Juventus have a
comparatively easy run-in.
Napoli, meanwhile, are set to be without striker Gonzalo
Higuain after he was handed four-match ban for pushing and insulting the
referee in the bad-tempered loss at Udinese.
Two of Napoli's remaining games are difficult away trips to
Inter Milan, next week, and Roma, in a fortnight.For
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