Juventus delighted with Conte's return, says Marotta

The club's general director is thrilled the head coach's suspension has come to an end, and cannot wait to seem him return to the dugout on Sunday
Giuseppe Marotta is delighted that Antonio Conte will return to the Juventus bench this weekend after serving a four-month ban for failing to report an instance of match-fixing during his time in charge of Siena.

The 43-year-old was initially handed a 10-month suspension for his role in the Scommessopoli scandal, but saw his ban reduced by six months on appeal, and is set to make his comeback against Palermo at the weekend.

"We’ve been disappointed not to have had him in the dugout and we’re looking forward to having him back in his technical area over the coming fixtures," Marotta told Rai Sport.

"People have given everything in his absence and that’s what makes what we’ve achieved all the more extraordinary. We’re delighted to have got through as it allows Conte to experience the Champions League.

"We mustn’t go into the Palermo game thinking about Wednesday’s match. We need to be wary, they’ve got nothing to lose and won’t need much in the way of motivation."

Conte took charge of the Bianconeri in the summer of 2011, and guided the club to the Serie A title in his first season in Turin.