Serie A: Gonzalo Higuain starts for Juventus in opener against Parma


Gonzalo Higuain

Boss Maurizio Sarri has named Gonzalo Higuain in the Juventus squad for their Serie A opener against Parma, while Paulo Dybala is left seated on the bench.

Though his future at Juve appeared bleak when he spent last season enduring unsuccessful loans with AC Milan and Chelsea.

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But Maurizio Sarri’s appointment, under which he thrived in Napoli, scoring 36 league goals in the 2015-16 season seems to have given the player a new opportunity with Series A champions.

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The 31-year-old Gonzalo Higuain will lead a three-pronged attack on Saturday with support from Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa, who starts on the right in place of Federico Bernardeschi.

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New signings Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Danilo are all on the bench along with the returning Gianluigi Buffon, with Wojciech Szczesny preferred in goal. Aaron Ramsey and Daniele Rugani did not make the squad.

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However, the former Chelsea manager will not be in the dugout at Stadio Ennio Tardini as he is recovering from pneumonia, with the coach also set to miss next week’s visit of his old club Napoli.

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