By 90Min
October 21, 2019

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Aaron Ramsey will sit out Juventus' Champions League meeting with Lokomotiv Moscow, though the Welshman is nearing a comeback from injury.

The midfielder missed both of his country's games over the international break after picking up a knock during the warm-up for Juve's showdown against Inter. He was also absent for the club's 2-1 triumph over Bologna on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic netting to maintain the Bianconeri's unbeaten start to the campaign.

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Ramsey joined Juventus in the summer on a free transfer from Arsenal but has only featured in five matches since his arrival. He struck what stands as his only goal for the side in a 2-1 defeat of Hellas Verona, levelling the score with a deflected effort from long-range.

Discussing the 28-year-old's situation ahead of the Champions League group fixture at home to Lokomotiv on Tuesday, Sarri said (as quoted by Football Italia): "He has no problem with his muscle - tests came up negative. 

"Under stress in training, however, he always has this feeling of fatigue in his thigh and that can be a sign of risk, so he's working to strengthen his muscle so as not to feel these sensations."

Fortunately for the Juve boss, a number of his squad members have passed late fitness tests, with the coach adding: "[Paulo] Dybala and [Gonzalo] Higuain are both fine. Anyone who plays will do so with the right peace of mind.

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"Danilo's been training for a few days. I have some doubts about the fact that he can play for 90 minutes, but he's fine."

Sarri also took the opportunity to lavish praise on his talisman Ronaldo, explaining: "Coaching [him], for me, is a source of satisfaction and pride. He has an extraordinary mentality and knows how to impose objectives on himself and the team.

"When he scored his 700th [career] goal, he was thinking about his 800th. I think that's important for all of us who are close to him because it's contagious. He makes me understand that the difference lies is in the mentality: he has something more."


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