Double blow: Senior duo who started first leg huge doubts for Tottenham clash v Juventus - report
By Richard Parks
Juventus pair Federico Bernardeschi and Mattia De Sciglio are huge doubt for the Champions League last-16 second leg showdown against Tottenham, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the Italian club’s manager Massimo Allegri has doubts over over the senior pair, who both started the first leg in Turin last week.
Wide forward Bernardeschi injured his knee in Juventus’ 1-0 win against Torino last Sunday after he was brought on as a substitute in the wake of a first-half injury to Gonzalo Higuain, but his shift was also cut short.
De Sciglio has a thigh problem after playing the full 90 minutes of the league clash against Torino.
Spurs came back from 2-0 down in the first leg to draw 2-2, with goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen giving them a great platform for the second leg at Wembley in two weeks time.
Football Insider verdict:
Bernardeschi does not have the same reputation across Europe as the likes of Higuain, Pablo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic but the former Fiorentina winger has made a big impact since joining Juventus for £36million last summer. He has scored five goals and supplied seven assists in 26 appearances across all competitions and has an impressive knack of getting in goalscoring positions. The 24-year-old also works like a Trojan off the ball, and he will be genuinely missed by the Serie A champions if he does miss the mouthwatering second leg. De Sciglio also has the pedigree expected of a Juventus regular, with the 31-times Italy international taking the right-back slot from Dani Alves after joining from AC Milan last summer. He has been playing regularly of late and would be in the XI at White Hart Lane if fit.
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