Juve without Chiellini and Mandzukic for Lyon clash

Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:56am EDT
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LYON, France (Reuters) - Juventus will be without defender Giorgio Chiellini and striker Mario Mandzukic when they face Olympique Lyonnais in Champions League Group H on Tuesday.

Chiellini missed the Serie A leaders' game against Udinese on Saturday because of a thigh injury and Juve said his condition was "being monitored" after he was left out of the squad for the match in France.

Mandzukic was also omitted because of a "muscular strain in his right adductor region", the club said on Monday.

Midfielder Claudio Marchisio also misses out as he continues his rehabilitation after picking up a knee injury in April.

Juve lead Group H on four points with Lyon in third place one point behind.

Despite the injury setbacks, the visitors are confident they can grab a good result in Lyon.

"At Juve, every game is vital. We are confident we can live up to expectations," midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who played at OL from 2008-11, told a news conference.

"We're missing some key players but every good team should be able to roll with the punches and adapt," said coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Lyon, who lost 2-0 at Ligue 1 leaders Nice at the weekend, look set to start up front with France internationals Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette, who is back from injury.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Juventus Press Conference - Champions League - Maksimir Stadium - Zagreb, Croatia - 26/09/16. Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini attends a press conference. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic