Allegri unsure on Higuain return

01 March 2018 11:41:00 UK

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri is waiting to see how soon striker Gonzalo Higuain will be able to return to action following an ankle problem.

The Argentina frontman was forced off early on in a 1-0 Serie A win over Torino at the weekend and sat out the 1-0 midweek victory over Atalanta which sent Juve through to the Coppa Italia final, where they will take on AC Milan.

Higuain is not available right now, he hasn't trained for a few days.

Massimiliano Allegri

And Allegri is doubtful whether Higuain will be back in the fold for the tricky league trip to Lazio this weekend, or the Champions League last-16 second leg away to Tottenham next Wednesday.

He told reporters: "Higuain is not available right now, he hasn't trained for a few days and we'll see if he is available on Saturday. That is the most important game right now, because London and Tottenham can wait.

"It's not an obsession. I realise it's an important game in a marvellous stadium and we want to progress with a good performance on the European stage, but it mustn't be an obsession.

"There are always moments in a season where things go wrong and there are injuries, but we won't waste time crying over spilt milk. We should always think positive and always find a way."

Prior to his injury against Torino, Higuain had been in a rich vein of form, netting eight times in his previous five appearances, including both goals in the 2-2 draw with Spurs in the home first leg of the Champions League tie.

Juve are 2/1 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and are 9/1 to claim a 1-0 victory in 90 minutes against Spurs at Wembley, with the Turin outfit 10/1 to go all the way and be crowned champions of Europe.

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