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Massimiliano Allegri on Pogba, Tevez and Pirlo ahead of Atalanta game


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Andrea Pirlo could return from injury next week.

Pirlo suffered a right thigh injury in pre-season but is expected to feature in a friendly match on Sunday with Barzagli also set to make his comeback from injury next week.

"I think Pogba and Tevez will be back in the squad tomorrow," Allegri said during his press conference.

"As for Llorente, I still have to decide. He's doing well, all he needs is to find the goal. He went close on Wednesday so his goals will soon arrive.

"After all, he did struggle in August and September of last season as well, but he's a lad who works a lot and works hard for the team.

"Having said that, I luckily have five players in the offensive department: Llorente, Tevez, Giovinco and the two youngsters Morata and Coman.

"I'll be relaxed if Morata plays tomorrow because he's quality, he almost scored in mid-week and produced some nice moves. I believe he can improve with time.

"[Andrea] Barzagli is training individually, I hope to have him back in the squad next week.

"[Andrea] Pirlo worked with the rest of the team, he underwent a number of tests and all went fine.

"Tomorrow he will work at Vinovo [Juventus' training ground] and will play a friendly game on Sunday featuring all players who didn't play [against Atalanta]. We will hopefully have him back next week."

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