• News

Cristiano Ronaldo left out of Juventus’ final friendly

Getty Images

Juventus have decided to play it safe by leaving out Cristiano Ronaldo for tonight’s final pre-season friendly at Triestina.

Ronaldo has been struggling with fatigue to his left adductor this week and missed Juventus’ annual friendly against the B team on Wednesday.

While the 34-year-old did attend the game in Villar Perosa, he looked uncomfortable and had a security team escort him away. Although it wasn’t as bad as last year, where the game had to stop after 20 minutes as fans ran out on to the pitch to greet him.

More importantly, though, is the fact Ronaldo will miss yet another friendly this evening through injury. His recent absences have left supporters upset, with South Korean fans not taking it well when he didn’t play Team K League in Seoul last month.

But the Portugal captain did play 71 minutes in Juventus’ 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid a week ago. Therefore, it’s likely the Bianconeri are simply playing it safe and plan to keep him under wraps until next Saturday’s Serie A opener at Parma.

Meanwhile, the Italian champions have included Aaron Ramsey in their 24-man squad list for the trip to the Stadio Nereo Rocco. The 28-year-old midfielder has yet to make an appearance since his free transfer from Arsenal earlier this summer.

Ramsey has instead spent the past fortnight working on recuperating from a muscle injury. However, it appears that he’s finally all set to go for Juventus’ final pre-season friendly with Serie C side Triestina.

Despite reports linking him with a return to Bayern Munich, Mario Mandzukic has also made the squad list.

It turns out, though, that Juventus will be without manager Maurizio Sarri due to flu.

Juventus Squad List

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Gianluigi Buffon, Carlo Pinsoglio

Defenders: Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo,Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani, Merih Demiral,

Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Aaron Ramsey, Blaise Matuidi, Emre Can, Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi

NANJING, CHINA – JULY 24: Juventus players line up for the team photos prior to the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at the Nanjing Olympic Center Stadium on July 24, 2019 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)