By Richard Parks
Mario Mandzukic is a major doubt for Juventus’ Champions League showdown against Tottenham on Wednesday night after missing training on Sunday, according to a report.
Italian site Calcio Mercato claim that the Croatian forward, 31, was unable to train with his teammates yesterday after playing in Saturday’s 1-0 Serie A win over Lazio at the Olimpico Stadium.
It is said that Mandzukic will be assessed by Juventus’ medical staff on Monday as the club step up preparations for their biggest match of the season at Wembley.
Mandzukic played 76 minutes of the first leg against Spurs in Turin, which ended 2-2 to leave the second leg of the last-16 clash perfectly poised.
Football Insider verdict:
Once a tower centre-forward used solely as the attack spearhead, 6ft 3in Mandzukic has been reinvented at Juventus as a wide attacker who hogs the left flank. The 81-times international has netted seven times in 31 matches this season and is a crucial member of the Serie A champions’ attack, but he is also hugely valued due to his willingness to do the dirty work and stop the opposition playing. Mandzukic goes under the radar due to the success of Gonzalo Higuain and Pablo Dybala, but he is a key member of the team and will be hugely missed if he can’t make the Wembley fixture.