Allegri won’t force Asamoah’s return to action

Soccer News of Tuesday, 15 December 2015


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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has given the lowdown on Kwadwo Asamoah’s fitness, a day after the playmaker rubbished reports of an injury setback.

The midfielder was left out of the Old Lady’s squad that triumphed over Fiorentina in the Serie A on Sunday, igniting rumours of an injury relapse.

The 27-year-old has played just three league games all season due to a series of recurrent injuries.

“[Kwadwo] Asamoah feels a twinge in his knee after playing [against Lazio], so we’ll look to ease him back gradually,” Allegri told reporters on Tuesday.

Having had a surgery to correct a troublesome knee problem in December, Asamoah played his first game of the season in a 3-1 win over Bologna in October.

He then made his second appearance three weeks later in a 2-0 win over Atalanta, a match in which he suffered another injury setback.

The Ghanaian would only return for his third game on December 4 in a 2-0 win over Lazio, having made Allegri’s starting XI in midfield alongside Claudio Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro.

Unregistered for the 2015-16 Uefa Champions League group stage, Asamoah missed his side’s 1-0 defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday, and was expected back in action last Sunday.

His absence had fuelled rumours of another injury, which the playmaker vehemently denied on Monday.