Ju­ven­tus in­cludes the ‘new Balotelli’ Kean in squad to face Udi­nese

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Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri has con­firmed the teenager will be in this week­end’s squad, while ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder Clau­dio Marchi­sio could get play­ing time fol­low­ing his re­turn.

Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri will in­clude promis­ing young­ster Moise Kean in his match­day squad to face Udi­nese.

In­tro­duc­ing the ‘new Balotelli’

The striker, who has been la­beled the ‘new Mario Balotelli’, has been picked by Al­le­gri to get an idea of what first-team foot­ball is like.

“Kean will join the squad,” the Ju­ven­tus coach added.

“He’s a tal­ent but at 16 years old, he needs more match­day ex­pe­ri­ence. We are in­clud­ing him to help him grow.”

Al­le­gri has re­vealed Clau­dio Marchi­sio could make his come­back from in­jury in to­day’s match, but made it clear he will not take any risks with the mid­fielder.

Marchi­sio has yet to fea­ture in an of­fi­cial match this cam­paign due to a knee in­jury, but played his first min­utes of the sea­son in a friendly against Pro Set­timo Eu­reka in mid­week.

Although the 30-year-old may re­turn ver­sus Udi­nese, Al­le­gri re­mains cau­tious.

“Marchi­sio played 45 min­utes in a friendly dur­ing the week and is com­ing along very nicely in­deed,” Al­le­gri stated at a news con­fer­ence. “He is an im­por­tant player, but we have to be cau­tious af­ter such an in­jury.

“[Daniele] Ru­gani, [Kwadwo] Asaoah and [Marko] Pjaca are the only guar­an­teed ab­sen­tees.

“[Medhi] Be­na­tia is fit and may start from the off on Satur­day.”

A busy pe­riod awaits Ju­ven­tus and Al­le­gri is de­ter­mined to start on a high against Udi­nese.

“The match against Udi­nese is the first of seven big matches in the next 22 days,” he added.

“We will need to be ready. We must ap­proach Udi­nese with cau­tion, they have some good play­ers and an ex­cel­lent new coach. It will not be an easy game.”

Napoli - Roma

Napoli wel­come Roma in a ti­tle chas­ing six-pointer at the Sta­dio San Paolo this af­ter­noon.

The Partenopei will be rue­ing en­ter­ing the in­ter­na­tional break with a shock de­feat away to Ata­lanta, know­ing full well that this week­end’s clash is a game nei­ther side can lose.

Cur­rently four points adrift of lead­ers Ju­ven­tus, Mau­r­izio Sarri has to pre­pare for Roma with­out striker Arka­diusz Mi­lik, who hit the ground run­ning since fill­ing the gap­ing hole left by Gonzalo Higuain and is now out for four to six months with a rup­tured ACL.

The in­jury sus­tained by the 22year-old Pol­ish for­ward means Manolo Gab­bia­dini, the man who was ru­moured to be head­ing out of the club in the sum­mer, will have to step for­ward into the sole strik­ers’ role.

Napoli’s main threat arises from Marek Ham­sik and Jose Calle­jon, while Lorenzo In­signe and Dries Mertens fight for a sin­gle spot. Another op­tion would be to use the Spa­niard as a False 9, drop­ping Gab­bia­dini to field both wingers si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Raul Al­biol still re­mains a doubt along­side Omar El Kad­douri, but Sarri should have a strong lineup in place, bar the ob­vi­ous omis­sion of Mi­lik.

Lu­ciano Spal­letti, on the other hand, is look­ing for some form of con­sis­tency as Roma have failed to win back-to-back games thus far.

To­day will be their fourth at­tempt at such a feat, fol­low­ing on from a well-earned but hard­fought vic­tory over a resur­gent In­ter.

Mo­hammed Salah will act as the fo­cal point of the Gial­lorossi’s in­tent, although claims about the Egyp­tian’s fin­ish­ing abil­ity com­pared to his mes­meris­ing drib­bling could prove prob­lem­atic up against one of the league’s best de­fences.

Spal­letti aims to fix­ate upon the com­pact mid­field to stop the wing-play of Calle­jon and Mertens, and the added bonus of hav­ing a now fully fit Kevin St­root­man with Daniele De Rossi is vir­tu­ally like a new sign­ing.

There are no fresh in­jury con­cerns, with the main loss still de­fender An­to­nio Rudi­ger, who should re­turn in Novem­ber.

Although both sides will be vy­ing for three points, the week­end clash must be seen as an at­tempt to avoid de­feat more than any­thing.

Napoli will have ex­tra help from the at­mos­phere at the San Paolo, as ticket sales are barred for those liv­ing in the Rome area. This is due to the of­ten vi­o­lent clashes that oc­curred be­tween the two sets of fans in the past, most no­tably the death of Partenopei sup­porter Ciro Es­pos­ito ahead of the Coppa Italia Fi­nal in May 2014.

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