Injuries have taken a heavy toll on Juventus’ squad as they are struggling to fill their squad with a number of key players due to a number inactivity and lack of fitness.
The Bianconeri will have to replace the injured Alessandro De Marchi, who is out of action until mid-December with a knee injury, and there are no immediate plans to sign another midfielder.
Meanwhile, AC Milan will be without their talisman Diego Milito, who will miss the game against Juventus with a thigh problem.
Milito is set to miss the next two Serie A matches against Udinese and Juventus, with the striker set to have a scan on the injury on Thursday.
“We are waiting for the results of his scan, and that will be the most important thing, to see how much he will miss tomorrow,” said the coach of the Nerazzurri, Giancarlo Abete.
“He has a thigh injury and we need to wait until the end of the week to see if he will be fit or not.”
The Italy captain, who scored against Juventus last weekend, was injured in the 4-1 win over Udinese.
‘I am sure Juve will be better’It was not a day to celebrate for Juventus as they dropped a vital game to Milan in a 1-0 defeat on Saturday, but coach Cesare Prandelli admitted the team would be better for it.
“We know the result and that we were not able to beat Milan because they were very strong and compact in midfield,” Prandell said.
“We know that Juve is not very strong in front of goal, but that was our biggest problem.”
It is a tough loss for us.
It was our third defeat in the last five matches.
Injuries are always a problem in the Champions League, but this was the first time in a long time that we had a team missing three key players.”
With only two points from five games, Prandella said he is more focused on next season’s campaign, which begins with a trip to Sampdoria on Monday.
He added that he is not sure whether the injury problems will be resolved this season.
Fellow coach Massimiliano Allegri will take charge for the first game against Roma in the Coppa Italia on March 8, but Allegri said he will not be concerned.”
The coach knows that we will lose one or two players but he will keep playing them and hopefully get a good result,” he said.
Inter’s defensive midfielder Mauro Icardi will also miss the match with a hamstring injury, as will the Milan captain Alessandro Florenzi, who has not played since suffering a thigh strain against Juventus.
Juventus defender Sergio Busquets is set for a scan in Rome on Thursday and will then have to sit out the next match against AC Milan on March 16.
It is not the first injury crisis for the club as the squad is also without Paulo Dybala, who had a knee operation on Saturday.
Dybala is currently sidelined with a calf problem.