​Juventus will be without Benedikt Höwedes for their all important ​Serie A clash against Bologna on Saturday after the defender suffered a thigh injury in training. 


The Bianconeri can take a massive step towards clinching the league title with a win ​against Bologna, with Massimiliano Allegri's side having the potential to secure the Scudetto should they take all three points and Napoli lose to Torino. 

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However, they will have to do it without Höwedes after the 30-year-old suffered an adductor injury during a training session, ensuring his absence from the squad for potentially the rest of the season - as per ​Tutto Sport.


Höwedes has been plagued by injury throughout the season after sustaining a series of muscle related strains, which has forced the Germany international to sit most of his one-year loan deal with ​Juventus on the sidelines. 

The defender has featured for Juventus just three times since sealing a temporary switch from ​Schalke last summer - with the Italian side holding an option to buy for €13M.


Höwedes will join Mario Mandzukic on the treatment table as the forward remains sidelined following his injury against ​Inter last week which required stitches after a challenge from Matias Vecino - the Old Lady, however, are confident he will take part in the Coppa Italia final against Milan on Wednesday.


Meanwhile, Giorgio Chiellini is also expected to make a return to the squad in time for the cup final after sustaining a muscle tear in his knee in the defeat to ​Napoli last month - as per ​Football Italia

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