Allegri not concerned by Vlahovic absence

    Massimiliano Allegri is not worried about the absence of Dusan Vlahovic and said that the striker returned to training on Friday.

    Vlahovic struggles with a groin injury as Juventus prepare to restart the Serie A season against Cremonese next Wednesday after the World Cup break.

    The Serbian international scored in his only World Cup start in Qatar, scoring against the Swiss in a 3-2 win.

    Vlahovic is the Bianconeri’s top scorer this season with seven goals and head coach Allegri is not bothered by his injury problems.

    He said after a 1-1 friendly draw against Standard on Friday: “No. I never worry, think about my life philosophy. I see all things as a possibility.

    “If we had [Paul] Pogba and probably all the great players we have. [Fabio] Miretti, [Nicolo] Fagioli wouldn’t play.

    “They’re all good at saying, ‘Don’t let young players play.’ Young players, unless they are extraordinary players, play when certain situations arise.”

    Pogba is rebuilding his fitness after missing the World Cup due to a knee injury.

    The 29-year-old is waiting for his first appearance of the season since reuniting with the Turin giants after leaving Manchester United.

    Allegri said of the France midfielder: “Pogba has been running for four or five days now, he works and his knee responds well.

    “Then there is [Mattia] De Sciglio who works [Juan] Cuadrado ran and his knee does not bother, [Leonardo] Bonucci’s inflammation gradually subsides. We need to be confident and focus on what we have.”

    Allegri was also able to provide encouraging information about Federico Chiesa’s fitness.

    “Today he had a personalized and therefore differentiated job planned, yesterday he was part of the team and I saw him very well, even too much, and stopped him,” he said of the Italian striker.

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