Allegri previews Fiorentina showdown, addresses Pogba injury situation

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02: Massimiliano Allegri, Head Coach of Juventus, looks on prior to the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between Juventus FC and SS Lazio at Allianz Stadium on February 02, 2023 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri met with the media ahead of tomorrow’s league clash against Fiorentina and addressed the situation involving midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman has been out injured since the beginning of the season following his summer return to the club on a free transfer. He suffered severe hamstring strain during the team’s preseason which was followed by an injury to the meniscus in his right knee.

“Pogba can’t be called up, he’s still not ready unfortunately,” revealed Allegri.

“This is the reality, he’s working his way back but I don’t know when he’ll be available. It could be a week, which I don’t think it will be, or it could be twenty days. Unfortunately these things happen but I’m waiting for him.”

“He’s been putting in all his effort to get back on the pitch as soon as he can.”

As for the clash against La Viola, Allegri expects a difficult run in against Vincenzo Italiano’s men.

“Fiorentina are proactive, they like to play their game, run, press—patience will be required to defeat them.”

“Right now our focus needs to be on the minimum goals from a league perspective, which is to reach the teams that have 29 points more than us.”

“We have to take everything one game at a time. The team’s doing a good job but we need to improve because I didn’t like the final half hour of our performance in Salerno.”