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Trezeguet returns in Turin

Published: Tuesday 24 September 2002, 10.59CET
David Trezeguet could be back in action tonight as Juventus FC take on FC Dynamo Kyiv.
Published: Tuesday 24 September 2002, 10.59CET

Trezeguet returns in Turin

David Trezeguet could be back in action tonight as Juventus FC take on FC Dynamo Kyiv.

By Marcus Christenson

David Trezeguet returns to action tonight as Juventus FC take on FC Dynamo Kyiv looking for their first win in Group E of the UEFA Champions League.

Knee injury
The French international striker has been out for almost two months with a knee injury but is in the squad to face the Ukrainian team at the Stadio Delle Alpi after missing last week's Matchday One 1-1 draw with Feyenoord. Last season's joint Serie A top scorer is likely to start on the bench with coach Marcello Lippi set to give new signing Marco Di Vaio another chance to shine alongside captain Alessandro Del Piero, who scored against the Dutch side last week.

Satisfying start
Confidence is high in Turin after a satisfying start to the new season - two wins in two Serie A games - but Lippi has warned his side not to underestimate Dynamo. He said: "We have to be very careful. My players managed to return to the league and the game against Empoli [FC] at the weekend with the same enthusiasm they had against Feyenoord and now we have to do the same against Kyiv.

Lippi cautious
"We are in good form, both physically and mentally, and we will go on the pitch to try to win and to improve our play," Lippi added. "But you just have to look at the way Kyiv beat Newcastle [United FC] to realise that this is a team we have watch carefully."

Solid defence
Lippi is desperate for his side to pick up their first Champions League win after being pegged back by Feyenoord. The Italian champions have been consistently solid at the back recently and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has not conceded a league goal in over seven games, or 695 minutes to be precise.

Tough battle
With Trezeguet back, Lippi's only concern is the midfield with both Alessio Tacchinardi and Edgar Davids doubtful. But Croatian Igor Tudor and Davide Baiocco are on stand by as Lippi expects a tough battle. He said: "The style of play is the same, whether it was Soviet before and Ukrainian now, and a Kiev team will always be strong physically."

Six points behind
Dynamo, meanwhile, came back down to earth at the weekend after their thrilling 2-0 win over Newcastle in the UEFA Champions League last week. Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko's team only managed a 1-1 draw in the Kiev derby against Obolon and are now six points behind leaders FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, although they have a game in hand.

Duo return
Maksim Shatskikh, who scored a stunning goal against Newcastle in Dynamo's 2-0 victory last week, and Brazilian forward Leandro are expected to return to the side after being rested at the weekend with Florin Cernat and Andriy Husin ready to push forward from midfield.

Last updated: 24/09/02 21.03CET

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