Injury updates and Romero talks potential Juventus move


Cristiano Ronaldo was limited in training yesterday due to a knock on the ankle he got in the Bologna game. The initial tests revealed no structural damage and he was able to practice fully today, so, barring a precautionary measure, he will be good to go against Napoli. Douglas Costa is currently not expected to come back this week as he is dealing with a bruised calf on top of a quad hematoma he has not been able to absorb. According to Tuttosport, Juventus could get some positive news from Sami Khedira, who has stayed in Germany after the heart procedure, but will soon come back in Turin for a new round of examinations and is hoping to be cleared sooner than the announced one-month timetable.

Wojciech Szczesny was visited by the Polish radio show Foot Truck yesterday and took a little jab at Roma while praising third-stringer Carlo Pinsoglio: “He is a nice guy, he lightens the mood in the locker room. He played 22 minutes last year and now I tease him saying that he has won as many titles as Francesco Totti.”

In a rather weird move, Massimiliano Allegri’s social media accounts have been shut down today and Ansa has confirmed it was a personal decision by the coach.

Genoa’s centre-back Cristian Romero has been on the Bianconeri radar for a long time but, despite few meetings, the management was not able to complete the acquisition in January. Among other things, the defender talked about it to Corriere dello Sport: “When I was a kid, I dreamed about becoming a professional footballer and I succeeded in that. Now I aspire to play in one of the top four clubs in the world, Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, and to be part of the Seleccion, even though I know it is difficult because there is Nicolas Otamendi.”

“I do not know if Juventus already secured the deal, I do not take care about the transfer market. I am focused on Genoa and there are several games to go. I want to keep playing like this, then I will speak with the executives and my agent and they will help me take the best decision. I have always played in a four-man defence in Argentina, but I have not had any troubles adapting to a three-man line here. I am just happy to be on the pitch.”

He debuted against the Old Lady: “It was a very strong and beautiful emotion, even though a thousand things were going through my mind that day. Few people asked me about facing Cristiano Ronaldo, but I have a serene character and I do not think about who I am dealing with. Andrea Belotti was the striker that bothered me the most thus far, he moves well and is very physical.”

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