Juventus Ponder Solutions with Midfield in Rough Shape

Juventus recovered some pieces during the break, but the availability of Manuel Locatelli for the Derby d’Italia will go down to the wire. He has been nursing a cracked rib for the past couple of weeks. He has never trained fully so far and is still in significant pain. The decision will be a late one, TuttoSport informs.

Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t want radical tactical changes, but he’d be forced to array his midfielders in unusual fashion if the former Sassuolo star couldn’t start. Hans Nicolussi Caviglia could technically replace him but has never played so far.

If Locatelli doesn’t make the Juventus XI, Adrien Rabiot will probably serve as the regista, a first for him, with Weston McKennie and Fabio Miretti flanking him. Andrea Cambiaso would man the right wing like in the last game

The USMNT linchpin and the Italian youngster have shaken off their minor injuries. Alex Sandro will return from a thigh strain. Instead, Danilo and Timothy Weah experienced minor setbacks and will be out a while longer.

Our Take on Locatelli and the Juventus Midfield

Chances are he’ll gut it out; otherwise, there’d be no right solution because the pieces are all-fitting. Using Rabiot as the anchor would be an unnecessary and constraining complication. Miretti took care of that role adequately in his first run. A slight tweak to insert a no.10 or turning to 3-4-3 would be better ideas.

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