Good for Scaloni: Leandro Paredes is back to play and Ángel Di María has added minutes to Juventus

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Smile Lionel Scalloni 12 days after the debut of the Argentina national team in the Qatar World Cup. While he is still processing the confirmation of Giovani Lo Celso’s absence, the coach received a couple of good news on Thursday, as Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredestwo fundamental men in the national team who had suffered injuries added minutes with the Juventus shirt in the penultimate season before the trip to the Middle East.

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The two started the Italian evening sitting on the comfortable bench of the substitutes visiting the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium and entered the second half of the duel that the team led by Massimiliano Allegri beat Hellas Verona 1-0 for the fourteenth matchday of Serie A.

The first to take the field was Paredes, who thus put an end to 20 days of inactivity. The former midfielder of Boca, Chievo Verona, Rome, Empoli, Zenit and Paris Saint-Germain he had been injured on Friday 21 October in the match that Juve beat Empoli 4-0 at home for the 11th Serie A match. That day he entered the second half 20 minutes for the American Weston McKennie and had completed the duel, but with obvious difficulties.

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That wound a left thigh hamstring has been on hiatus since then. This Thursday he entered on 18 ‘of the second half to replace Manuel Locatelli. He didn’t play much of the game, but at least he got back on the ball and experienced the intensity of competitive football. This was his twelfth game of the season for the old lady, in addition to the four he had played for PSG before his move in late August. In this semester he accumulates 751 minutes of work.

When the timer in the city of Romeo and Juliet read 24 minutes, Allegri sent Di María into the field to take the place of Moise Kean, scorer of the Turin goal. In the time he remained on the pitch, Rosario was active and paired several times with Fabio Miretti and the Frenchman Adrien Rabiot, even if that last part of the duel was the most opaque of the visiting team. In any case, Juventus ended up prevailing and thus chained their fifth consecutive victory in the national tournament (not obtained since June 2020), even if they are still 10 points behind leaders Napoli.

This was Di María’s second game after recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained in his right thigh on 11 October during the duel in which his team lost 2-0 to Maccabi Haifa in Israel for the fourth date of group H of the Champions League. That day, in the 24th minute of the start of the first half, he had to be replaced by the Pole Arkadiusz Milik.

spaghetti He was back in the ring on Sunday: he had entered for Miretti in the 36th minute of the complement in the 2-0 victory in the classic against Inter. This Thursday his presence was a little wider. In any case, he hasn’t been able to play much in this first part of the season: he has nine games (five as a starter) and 363 minutes between Serie A and Champions League.

The last test for Paredes and Di María, if Allegri decides to use them, it will be Sunday at 4.45pm, when Juventus will host Lazio in the last match of the 15th day, the one that will lower the curtain on the Italian competition before the World Cup. Subsequently, the two Argentines will join the squad led by Scaloni.

Source: Clarin

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