Asamoah confirmed for action against Napoli in Coppa Italia

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The 28-year-old will have a run when the Old Lady host the Light Blues on Tuesday

Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is set for his 15th appearance of the season, with his selection in the starting XI for Tuesday's Coppa Italia clash with Napoli.

Having already made two outings in the cup competition, the Ghana international is all but set to make it three in the semi-final fixture to be played at the Juventus Stadium.

The utility man has 10 league outings to his name thus far, with two further games in the Champions League.

“[Daniele] Rugani will be rested,” Allegri told pressmen in his team news.

“I’ve [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Andrea] Barzagli, [Mehdi] Benatia and [Giorgio] Chiellini all at my disposal and I’ll decide later who will start against Napoli.

“[Stephan] Lichtsteiner and Asamoah will occupy the full-back slots, while in goal, Neto starts again. He’s a great keeper and he’s only a deputy to [Gianluigi] Buffon because it’s Buffon!

“I’ve several midfielders vying for starting berths. Regarding the forwards, [Paulo] Dybala played well on Saturday. He’s essential in linking midfield and attack, and he raises the technical level of the whole team which is very important.

“[Gonzalo] Higuain is a player who needs to be on the pitch more often than not because that helps keep in peak condition. I’ll make a call later on [Marko] Pjaca’s involvement.”

Gradually, Asamoah seems to be getting back to his feet after enduring a frustrating time between 2014 and 2016.

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A knee problem warranted surgery in December 2014, and the Accra-born has since experienced a series of relapses - one that limited him to 18 league appearances in seasons 2014-15 and 2015-16 combined.

He opted out of the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, with an intention to focus solely on club football on his road to full recovery.

 

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