Del Piero misses Gunners visit
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alessandro Del Piero has added to Juventus coach Fabio Capello's troubles.
Alessandro Del Piero has added to Juventus coach Fabio Capello's troubles by failing to shake off a knock in time to figure in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Arsenal.
Juve are 2-0 down from the first leg and go into the return fixture without key duo Patrick Vieira, Jonathan Zebina and Mauro German Camoransei.
Capello had hoped that Del Piero would shake off the leg injury which ruled him out of the first leg, but he failed a fitness test on Tuesday and will not even figure among the substitutes.
"Del Piero has not been picked," Capello confirmed in his press conference before Wednesday's game.
Capello was philosophical when asked to comment on taking Arsenal without four key men.
"I never cry about what I don't have," Capello said. "I'm always positive. I am happy with the team I have and I am confident that we can do well."
The return of Pavel Nedved Nedved from suspension has cheered Capello.
"Nedved is a crucial player," Capello said. "He is able to change the rhythm of a team during a game. And considering we have to attack from the very beginning, he will be important for us."
Juve's hopes would now appear to rest on returning Czech star Nedved, but turning around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg is a huge burden even for the gifted midfielder to carry.
All the action from what is sure to be a tense encounter at the Stadio Delle Alpi can be seen live on Sky Sports 1.