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Massimiliano Allegri on Sassuolo, injuries and a crucial month ahead


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says a crucial month lies ahead for his side.

The Bianconeri face Sassuolo away from home on Saturday afternoon before travelling to Greece to face Olympiakos in the Champions League.

"The Roma game was fifteen years ago and fortunately we're back in action tomorrow," Allegri said during Friday's press conference.

"Tomorrow's game is an important one and a difficult month lies ahead.

"For the league I don't believe it's key but the two Champions League games in Athens and the next one against Olympiakos at home are pivotal if we are to make it through the group stage.

"The international break allowed us to restore energy, many players left and returned in good state and they also played some good games.

"As for those who stayed, well, I never coached only two players, but it can happen.

"Sassuolo are struggling at the moment but they are quality, especially up front so it won't be an easy game for us."

Asked to provide an update on injured players, Allegri said: "[Luca] Marrone is recovering, he will be back in the squad next week.

"[Andrea] Barzagli is working alone and for [Martin] Caceres we have to wait although he is responding well to treatment.

"[Arturo] Vidal arrived late [from international duty] but he's not to blame. He trained with the squad.

"Romulo is recovering well and in 5-6-7 days he will be back in the squad.

"[Patrice] Evra didn't play the second game [with France] so he's rested. Same goes for [Andrea] Pirlo.

"[Kwadwo] Asamoah will arrive today, all the other players are fit.

"[Angelo] Ogbonna and [Sebastian] Giovinco didn't play much so all these players are available [for the Sassuolo game]."

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