The Champions League returns to activity with the first leg matches of the round of 16, and the Juventus travels to Portugal to face the first match of his key against FC Porto. La Vecchia Signora hopes to hit first in Portuguese lands, but they will not have one of their highest-ranking players. Pirlo will not be able to line up Leonardo Bonucci.
Bonucci will be low this Wednesday
This Tuesday, February 16, it was confirmed that Leonardo Bonucci had suffered a physical problem in training at the Juventus prior to the trip to Porto. At the moment there is no official confirmation of what exactly is the problem suffered by the central defender of the Bianconero team, but his presence in Portugal raised some doubts.
The Juventus did not disable the central defender after the problem suffered in Turin. However, Corriere dello Sport not only ensures that the Italian is unable to play in the Champions League this Wednesday, but it will be close to 20 days low. It is, without a doubt, an absence of weight for the Vecchia Signora in the return to the European plane.
With the loss of the central defender, it is expected that Matthijs De Ligt will take his position in the center of the defense this February 17 at the Do Dragao Stadium. The other player who has entered the call but who remains a doubt is Paulo Dybala. The Argentine is recovering from his collateral ligament injury, and it is unknown if he will have minutes.
In this way, Andrea Pirlo is expected to seek the result on Portuguese soil with Wojciech Szczesny under the posts; Danilo, Matthijs De Ligt, Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro on the defensive line; Federico Chiesa, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Weston McKennie in the core area of the court; and the attacking pair made up of Dejan Kulusevski and Cristiano Ronaldo.