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Massimiliano Allegri Provides Fitness Update on Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala Ahead of Barcelona Clash

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Massimiliano Allegri
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri expects both Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala to be available for selection against FC Barcelona in the Joan Gamper trophy final.

Both Ronaldo and Dybala were not called up for Juventus' 2-1 win over Monza in a pre-season friendly, but Allegri has indicated both players will be included in the squad for the clash against Barcelona.

Allegri also revealed that Ronaldo, who was linked with an exit from the club earlier this summer, returned to Juventus training after vacation with 'enthusiasm'. The Old Lady manager also confirmed Dybala has 'a muscular problem on his left foot'.

"Ronaldo arrived with enthusiasm, like everyone. Dybala has a muscular problem on his left foot, so the stronger one," Allegri told Mediaset [via Football Italia].

He added: "He should be at our disposal against Barcelona along with everyone else, who should come on Monday. At that point, we’ll have 20 days together to prepare the season."

Meanwhile, Allegri was also asked to address rumours linking Miralem Pjanic with a return to Juventus. The Italian manager, however, did not dwell on the matter, but instead praised Ramsey, who he said can performe well in front of the defence if he is convinced to play there.

"I don’t know about that. The club takes care of the transfer market, we talk every day. Ramsey played very, very well in front of the defence and I think in that role he can really become an important player," Allegri said.

"I salute Mire, because we spent four years together with great victories. He is a Barcelona player now, we have talented players, and I think if Ramsey can be convinced to play in front of the defence, he can really do well there. He already can see passing channels, has a good sense of the geometry of the field and can also rest on the ball more than he does upfront."