Juventus will be without their star player for tonight’s Champions League second round first leg clash with Tottenham Hotspur in Turin as the Argentine Paulo Dybala was not included in their squad.
Dybala has scored 17 goals this season for Juve as they sit second in the table, a point behind Napoli. But the 24-year-old has missed the last four games after suffering a hamstring injury at the beginning of January.
“We hope he’d be available, I can not take risks,” Allegri told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Monday as he fielded questions about his team selection.
“He’s an important player, we can not accelerate his recovery & then lose him all the season.”
Juventus also revealed their squad for the game on Twitter, confirming Dybala’s absence from the team.
Mauricio Pochettino was full of compliments for Dybala during his press conference, heaping the praise on his fellow Argentine and even comparing him to the likes of Lionel Messi.
“Dybala is a great player,” the Tottenham boss told reporters on Monday evening in Turin. “He’s Argentinean.
“Of course, the formation of Juventus is a little bit different when playing with Dybala and not playing with Dybala. He’s that type of player, like Messi, Neymar and Cristiano. They have the capacity to give to the team a different option.