Juve without Chiellini and Mandzukic for Lyon clash
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...