Morata and Dybala ready for Roma

Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala are in the Juventus squad to face Roma on Sunday evening.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Bianconeri are still missing Federico Bernardeschi, Matthijs de Ligt and Alex Sandro, while Sami Khedira is not included in the trip to Rome.

New signing Morata could make his debut just days after arriving from Atletico Madrid on loan, while Dybala has also recovered from his muscular injury in the Champions League last month.

Neither of them are expected to start, though, as Cristiano Ronaldo should again by partnered by Dejan Kulusevski.

Juventus squad for Roma: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; De Sciglio, Chiellini, Danilo, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral, Frabotta; Arthur, Ramsey, McKennie, Rabiot, Bentancur, Portanova, Kulusevski; Ronaldo, Morata, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Vrioni

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Fonseca names Roma team for Juve

Paulo Fonseca used his pre-match press conference to name Roma’s starting XI to face Juventus, while denying Edin Dzeko refused to come on against Verona.

Dzeko remained a substitute at Verona as he was on the verge of joining Juve, but the striker is now staying put after the move fell through and the Bianconeri re-signed Alvaro Morata instead.

“As long as nothing happens between now and the game, here are the players who will start tomorrow: Mirante, Santon, Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Veretout, Mkhitaryan, Pedro and Dzeko,” Fonseca said at a press conference.

“Bruno Peres only started training with us this week, so he’s not yet ready to start this game. Karsdorp trained on his own yesterday but he’s not ready either.

“I’ve spoken to Edin Dzeko a few times, he’s very motivated. He’s trained very well this week and he will start tomorrow. It’s not true [that he refused to come on].

“We don’t want to change our identity just because we’re facing Juve. We want to press high, but we also want to be balanced.

“Juve are very strong, so we need to be balanced. We’ll only press when we have the chance.

“With [Lorenzo] Pellegrini, we can break quicker and have an extra man supporting the attack.

“Juve have a young coach with a great future. They are a more dynamic team now, with different trends to their play. I like them a lot. They press hard, mainly out wide.

The coach’s position has reportedly come under threat since Dan Friedkin’s takeover, so what is his rapport with the American like?

“Since they arrived, I’ve spoken with the new ownership regularly. We are all working hard to build a stronger side.

“The target is clear – we want to do better than we did last season. From the first game of last year to the one against Verona, I can say that the team are better now.”

Chris Smalling continues to be linked with a return to Roma, but Fonseca refused to comment.

“I’m totally focused on tomorrow’s match, I don’t want to talk about the transfer market, 24 hours before such a big game.

“It’s a difficult, important game, which we’ve worked a lot on. I believe in the players. We just have to think about Juventus.”

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Fienga: ‘Fonseca never in question’

Roma CEO Guido Fienga has assured that Paulo Fonseca’s job is safe, distancing the club from Max Allegri.

Allegri had reportedly made himself available for talks with new Roma chief Ryan Friedkin, but Fienga [pictured, left] made it clear the capital side were sticking with Fonseca.

“Fonseca’s future has never been an open issue for Roma,” he said at Pedro’s official unveiling earlier today.

“With him, we started a project that involves a young team, led by a quality coach.”

Also staying at the Olimpico this season in striker and captain Edin Dzeko, who had been linked with Sunday’s opponents.

“Edin is our captain and will remain so. We’re happy that he’s staying. We know his quality and professionalism.

“If he takes to the field on Sunday, he’ll do his best. We hope he has some extra motivation in him.”

The Giallorossi remain without a sporting director since parting with Gianluca Petrachi and have been biding their time.

“It’s a vacant position and it’ll be filled by someone we deem suitable.”

Could that person be Juve’s Fabio Paratici?

“It’s very disrespectful to talk about him and Juventus, although we hope to beat them on Sunday.”

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Juve: Suarez investigation stopped

Prosecutors in charge of the investigation involving Luis Suarez and Juventus lawyers say it has been stopped for now due to too many leaks.

Luigi Chiappero and colleague Maria Turco travelled to Perugia today to defend their alleged roles in the Italian language exam that Suarez took prior to his proposed move to the club.

However, Sky reports the seven-hour meeting concluded with the prosecution opting to pause its probe for the time being.

According to chief prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, as per ANSA, the decision was made to reschedule following ‘too many violations of secrecy’.

It comes amidst an onslaught of wiretaps and leaked quotes to the press, namely La Repubblica alleging Juve lawyer Maria Turco had promised the university holding Suarez’s exam that the club would ‘return with more foreign players in the future’.

In the meantime, Turco’s superior Luigi Chiappero spoke of ‘transparency’ in their dealings with the university and maintained the Old Lady were in no way involved.

The former Barcelona striker completed his move to Atletico Madrid this afternoon after his proposed Juve switch fell through, amidst allegations he cheated the language test.

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Report: No Aouar for Juve

Juventus look to have passed up Houssem Aouar as it is reported the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder is on his way to Arsenal.

Juve had long been linked with Aouar and were thought to be preparing a bid for him earlier in the summer.

However, Telefoot is claiming this evening that whereas they and Barcelona were his preferred destinations, neither made a serious offer for his services.

That would have allowed Arsenal to steal a march, with the Gunners bidding around €40m for the Frenchman.

As per Footmercato, that would be enough to take the 22-year-old to Emirates Stadium, while personal terms are said to have already been agreed between club and player.

Aouar, for his part, helped Lyon reach the Champions League semi-finals at Juve’s expense last season and has played twice so far this term.

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