News according to Sports Central has
that after weeks of uncertainty over the Argentine striker’ condition, Juventus
manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed Gonzalo Higuain is now ready to return for
the first time since the resumption of the Italian season
According to Sarri, the forward was
particularly affected by the events of the coronavirus pandemic, but he could
play for the first time since the restart of the Italian season when Juventus
welcomed Lecce on Friday.
Serie A leaders will have the
opportunity to extend their lead with a victory against relegation threatened
team in Turin. The win will also give them edge over their next rival, Lazio,
who took a 2-0 lead at Atalanta on Wednesday and later lost 3-2.
However, the Old Lady returned to
the league earlier this week with a 2-0 away win in Bologna after playing twice
at Coppa Italia, although Higuain played no part in any of the matches.
Sarri had previously stated that the attacker had disappeared due to a minor injury problem, but has now revealed that the coronavirus pandemic had also affected the player, although he has recovered and now training with the rest of the team.
Speaking to the media, Sarri said: "Higuain is a very sensitive person, he's been touched in a particular way from the events of the world and from his personal experiences. "At the time of his return he thought it was not even right to go back to playing, while in addition he had this little injury. "Now it seems to me that he is finding that desire he had at the beginning. For us, his return is important."
Juve will be happy
to have back Higuain as the matches get closer and are quick after the restart.
Meanwhile, Lazio's slide means the defending champion has a four-point advantage at the top, although Sarri takes nothing for granted with eleven league games yet to be played.
The former Chelsea boss said: "The games are all difficult as physical conditions are not optimal. We'll need to be ready. "We should not be looking at the other games but, instead, at our performances, which in the end will bring us the results. "The league advantage isn't substantial as there are still 33 points up for grabs. We need to have the right mentality, always."
If Juventus eventually win the Scudetto, it will be the ninth consecutive Serie A title dating back to the 2011/12 season..