Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is hopeful that Cristiano Ronaldo will recover from injury in time to face Eredivisie side AFC Ajax in the UEFA Champions League next week.
The Portuguese star suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Portugal in their clash against Serbia last Monday, and was regarded as a major doubt for Juve’s trip to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the first leg of the quarterfinals next Wednesday.
However, speaking ahead of the Bianconeri's Serie A fixture at Cagliari this midweek, Allegri provided a more positive update on the 34-year-old’s possible availability.
The Juventus boss said (as quoted by the club's official website): "Cristiano Ronaldo is working to get back, we hope to have him ready for Ajax, but it will be difficult."
Ronaldo played a key role in Juve’s advancement into the final eight of the Champions League, scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid to help the Italian giants overturn a 0-2 first leg deficit.
His experience and goal-scoring prowess will be needed against a hungry, young Ajax side which showed its class with a headline-grabbing defeat of title holders Real Madrid last month.
Erik ten Hag’s Ajax have also brought themselves back into the title race in the Eredivisie following a victory over PSV Eindhoven last weekend.
You can see Ajax in Dutch top-flight action when they play away to Willem II on the evening of Saturday 6 April. Fox Sports 1 has live coverage from 18h20 CAT.