Ju­ven­tus fans wait for Mi­lan fan Kean

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Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Allegri could hand teenage star­let Moise Kean his full de­but for the in­jury-hit Turin gi­ants against Genoa to­mor­row-even if he is se­cretly an AC Mi­lan fan. Kean, a pow­er­fully-built striker, joined an elite group of 16-year-old Serie A debu­tants when he re­placed Mario Mandzu­kic in a 3-0 win over Pescara last week­end. On Tues­day Kean show­cased his tal­ents to a global au­di­ence when he made a late cameo in a 3-1 Cham­pi­ons League win over Sevilla that se­cured Juve’s ticket to the last 16.

Now, he could start along­side Croa­tia star Mandzu­kic at the Luigi Fer­raris sta­dium-if Ar­gentina striker Gon­zalo Higuain fails to re­cover fully from a thigh knock that kept him on the bench in Seville. The Ital­ian cham­pi­ons hold a seven-point lead over Roma and Mi­lan ahead of to­mor­row’s trip to Genoa and Allegri will def­i­nitely be miss­ing striker Paulo Dy­bala and at­tack­ing mid­fielder Marko Pjaca.

At­tack­ing op­tions are lim­ited and Allegri said af­ter Tues­day’s game: “At the mo­ment Pjaca and Dy­bala are still side­lined, so he (Kean) will be stay­ing with the squad for the mo­ment. “He’s mak­ing progress. He’s had a few ups and downs, like all young play­ers, but he’s on his way back af­ter spend­ing a lit­tle too much men­tal energy.” Kean, who has been com­pared to Mario Balotelli, made such an im­pact at youth level that he was reg­u­larly moved up the age groups. While videos of his skills have gone viral in Italy, a clip show­ing his older brother Gio­vanni has been fea­tured reg­u­larly on sports web­sites in the past week.

As Kean walked on to make his Juve de­but in Ital­ian Serie A ta­ble ahead of week­end fix­tures (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Ju­ven­tus 13 11 Roma 13 8 AC Mi­lan 13 8 Lazio 13 7 Ata­lanta 13 8 Napoli 13 7 Torino 13 6 Fiorentina 12 5 In­ter Mi­lan 13 5 Chievo 13 5 Sam­p­do­ria 13 5 Genoa 12 4 Bologna 13 4 Cagliari 13 5 Udi­nese 13 4 Sas­suolo 13 4 Em­poli 13 2 Pescara 13 1 Palermo 13 1 Cro­tone 13 1 0 2 2 4 1 3 4 5 3 3 3 4 4 1 3 1 4 4 3 2

Turin, Gio­vanni wept with emo­tion as he watched from the stands in Turin sur­rounded by ap­plaud­ing fans. Later, he ad­mit­ted that Kean is re­ally a fan of Juve’s scud­etto ri­vals Mi­lan. “When he was younger he used to sup­port In­ter, thanks to (Nige­rian for­ward) Obafemi Martins,” said Gio­vanni Kean. “Then he switched to AC Mi­lan 2 3 3 2 4 3 3 2 5 5 5 4 5 7 6 8 7 8 9 10 26 30 21 25 21 23 29 18 18 13 16 14 14 20 17 16 6 9 10 10 9 14 17 14 14 14 16 11 16 14 19 14 19 30 22 25 17 23 26 26 33 26 26 25 25 24 22 20 18 18 18 16 16 16 15 13 10 7 6 5

be­cause our un­cle, our mother’s brother, was a fer­vent Mi­lan sup­porter and used to sit with us and show us all their games.” The po­ten­tial con­flict is un­likely to worry Allegri, who steered Mi­lan to their last league ti­tle, in 2011, but he is watch­ing the Ros­soneri’s progress this sea­son a lit­tle more closely. —AFP

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