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The Ghanaian midfielder has recovered quickly from the rib injury he suffered at the Camp Nou and is in line to play some part in Sunday's Serie A showdown in Turin

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is refusing to confirm if Kevin-Prince Boateng will make his return to action against Juventus this weekend.

Boateng has been sidelined since injuring his ribs in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona at Camp Nou on September 13, but it has been reported that the Ghana midfielder will be available for the trip to Turin.

However, Allegri, who currently has a plethora of players in the treatment room, including Brazilian forwards Robinho and Alexandre Pato, would only reveal that Boateng is in with a chance of facing Juventus.

“I'll have to properly evaluate the condition of Boateng, who is the only one who could recover in time,” the Milan tactician said when asked about his side’s injury list after Wednesday’s Champions League defeat of Viktoria Plzen.

Sunday’s clash with Juventus is a huge game for Milan, who have amassed just five points from their opening four games of the season.

Indeed, while the defending champions are just three points behind Juventus, who share top spot with Udinese, Allegri is adamant that defeat is not an option for his side.

“We are still early in the season, but we must try to catch up with Juventus or at least maintain the same distance,” he said.

The build-up to the game is, unsurprisingly, centering on Andrea Pirlo, who joined Juventus on a free transfer from Milan this summer.

The Italy playmaker has started the season in sublime fashion for his new employers and is expected to have a huge influence on Sunday’s encounter. However, Allegri is not unduly worried by Pirlo’s form.

“I do not know how I will control Andrea but we held up well against him in the Berlusconi Trophy,” he concluded, alluding to Milan’s pre-season meeting with the Turin side.

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