Marchisio: I'm slowly approaching top form

The Italy international midfielder has been in and out of Antonio Conte's Juventus team so far this season but he says that he is almost 100 per cent fit once again
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio insists that he is slowly getting back to his best form after a frustrating spell on the sidelines at the start of the season.

The Italy international missed the opening weeks of the 2013-14 campaign with a ligament injury but has recently returned to Antonio Conte's starting XI.

Marchisio freely admits that he is not quite performing at the peak of his powers just yet but he is feeling stronger and fitter with each passing game.

"I'm happy; the physical problem which kept me out for a month and a half is fully healed," the 27-year-old told Sky Italia.

"The most important thing for me since returning was to regain my form and now my condition is good again things can only get better."

Marchisio added that Juventus cannot afford to take their Serie A match against Livorno lightly.

"We've got a tough game ahead of us against a newly promoted side led by a young and knowledgeable coach," he said, referring to Davide Nicola.

"We've got a few absentees but I'm sure that whoever plays will want to put on a good show and do well. I'm also ready to play in a different role if required, something I've always done over the last few years."