Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo will start in the Champions League quarter-final with Ajax after recovering from injury.
The Portugese forward, who has been nursing a thigh strain, has not played for Juve since he scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the last round on 12 March.
Allegri confirmed Ronaldo will start at the Johan Cruyff Arena “as long as nothing happens tonight or tomorrow morning”.
“Cristiano has trained with the team and is available,” said the Juve boss.
Despite his absence, Juventus can win Serie A with six games to spare if they secure a draw at SPAL in their next league match.
“Cristiano looks the same as ever. He’s in good shape, a very important player for us, as everyone knows, and we are happy he’ll be with us tomorrow,” said defender Daniele Rugani, who is set to start in the absence of the veteran Chiellini.
It would be recalled that the Dutch side, beat defending champions Real Madrid in the last round, have not reached the last eight since 2003.
Ajax have not only transformed their fortunes in Europe, but they also ended a 1, 060-day wait to return to the top of the Eredivisie table with a thumping 5-2 victory over FC Emmen on 3 April.
“A couple of months ago, we found our form and returned to being a strong team,” said Ten Hag.
“It will be another big obstacle to overcome after Real, but we will play as usual and we will have to be good at reading the game.”
By Olukayode Oniwinde