Juve’s M’Baye Niang ‘not afraid’ of Roma

By Football Italy staff Aipo Sau is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right knee.

The Brazilian forward, who has missed a total of seven games this term with the injury, had surgery on Wednesday to repair the rupture in his left labrum. 

The 30-year-old was a late withdrawal from the squad to face Sassuolo on Sunday and will not be available for the home match against Inter.

“He’s a player that is on the mend,” head coach Giuseppe Marotta told the Nerazzurri’s official website.

“In the long run, he will be a key player for us.”

Juventus have been without an attacking midfielder since the start of November, with Andrea Barzagli and Matteo Darmian the two others.

The Italian champions are hoping for a full recovery in time for the return of the squad on March 9, with Mauro Icardi, Claudio Marchisio, Alessandro Florenzi, Dani Alves and Juan Cuadrado among the other midfielders still in the squad.

The news comes after Juve clinched a place in the Champions League by beating Bologna 3-1 on Wednesday.

Juve coach Marotta had to wait until the end of the month to make a squad for the trip to the Nerazimites, with the Italian champions only making three changes from the side that beat Udinese 4-0 on Tuesday. 

Ajax’s Christian Atsu has been omitted, while Marco van Ginkel, Andrea Barzilli, Antonio Cassano and Davide Santon are also absent from the starting XI.

Maurizio Sarri’s side travel to Udinese with only eight men, with Giorgio Chiellini the only player who will not play. 

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