Why Matthijs de Ligt was not included in Juventus’ squad to face Lokomotiv

Why Matthijs de Ligt was not included in Juventus' squad to face Lokomotiv

Bad news for Juventus ahead of their UCL game.

The hero is the Turin derby has missed the trip to Russia.

Juventus will aim to clinch qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League without Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch international will miss the Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow due to an ankle injury.

After scoring the winner in the derby against Torino in Serie A on Saturday, centre-back De Ligt was diagnosed with “a slightly sprained left ankle”. Juventus announced their 20-man squad for the trip to Russia and the former Ajax captain was not in the the travelling party.

The 20-year-old was consequently left out of the team that will clinch qualification from Group D with a victory over Lokomotiv in Moscow. The candidates to replace the Dutchman are Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral.

Maurizio Sarri will hope to have Matthijs De Ligt available to face AC Milan at Allianz Stadium on Sunday. Adrien Rabiot was included in the 20-man group for the trip to Russia after sitting out the 1-0 victory over Torino because of a suspension.

Giorgio Chiellini is a long-term absentee, while Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic are not in the UEFA list.

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