Del Piero could have role against Arsenal

Juventus will give Alessandro Del Piero a late fitness test ahead of tomorrow’s game against Arsenal.

Juventus will give Alessandro Del Piero a late fitness test ahead of tomorrow’s game against Arsenal.

Del Piero, who became Juve’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season, missed last week’s opening leg with a thigh injury, with the Gunners winning 2-0.

He joined his team-mates for a warm-up session this morning at the club’s headquarters in Turin before training on his own.

If Del Piero is fit, he would start on the substitutes bench with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet set to line up in attack.

Suspensions will rob Juve of Jonathan Zebina, Mauro Camoranesi and Patrick Vieira. Coach Fabio Capello is almost certain to bring in Giorgio Chiellini, Pavel Nedved and Giuliano Giannichedda.

Capello is expected to deploy Nedved on the left wing as Camoranesi’s replacement, and Giannichedda in Vieira’s midfield role.

Zambrotta should play at Zebina’s right-back spot with Chiellini, who came on as a sub in the first game, slotting in at left-back.

A sparsely-populated Stadio Delle Alpi is commonplace for most of Juventus’ games but that will not be the case tomorrow with fans of the Italian club having snapped up 43,000 tickets already.

The club is expecting to sell another 12,000 before kick-off.

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