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Ronaldo will be fit for Ajax clash, says Allegri

In Summary

• Despite the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s absence, Juve have claimed nine points out of nine

• Teenage striker Moise Kean struck again to give Juventus a late 2-1 win over AC Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during a recent match
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during a recent match
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Ajax this week.

The Portuguese star has been out of action since March 25 after suffering a thigh injury while on international duty with Portugal.

Despite the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s absence, Juve have claimed nine points out of nine in Serie A but it will be a relief to have him back in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.

 
 

Speaking after Saturday night’s narrow 2-1 win over AC Milan, Allegri gave a positive update on his star man’s fitness.

“He [Ronaldo] always feels ready, but I told him to rest [against Milan],” the Italian said. “We are confident of having him at Ajax on Wednesday.”

During his first season in Turin, Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 36 appearances and provided 12 assists.

He is targeting a fourth consecutive Champions League title after winning three in a row with Real Madrid before leaving for Italy in a £100million deal last summer.

The Italian giants were last crowned European champions in 1996 but lost in the finals of 2015 and 2017, with Ronaldo on target for Real in the latter in Cardiff.

Teenage striker Moise Kean struck again to give Juventus a late 2-1 win over AC Milan after their opponents had taken the lead and dominated most of the match on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, who suffered racist abuse after scoring at Cagliari on Tuesday, came off the bench to score his fifth goal in his last five league appearances to move Juve ever closer to an eighth successive Serie A title.

 
 

Juve are 21 points clear at the top and they will wrap up the title with seven games to spare if second-placed Napoli lose at home to Genoa on Sunday.