Juve hopeful over Pirlo and Tevez
Juventus are hoping both Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo will be fit for their first match of 2014 against Roma on Sunday.
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Tevez has been given extra leave due to personal reasons, and the Turin-based club have sent a personal trainer out to Argentina to help keep him in shape in view of a return for the weekend. Pirlo, meanwhile, has been back in training for nearly a week and is set to make his comeback from injury in the top-of-the-table clash.
The Italy international last played in early December, when he picked up a knee injury against Udinese. He was ruled out for a month and appears to be respecting that recovery time by returning to full training between Christmas and New Year, cutting short his holidays in a bid to be fit for the weekend.
Tevez, meanwhile, has been given permission to spend a few more days in Argentina, where his wife is expecting a child in the next few months. To ensure the 29-year-old does not fall behind his teammates, though, a member of coach Antonio Conte's coaching staff has boarded a flight to South America to see to it personally that the forward will be fit and ready to face Roma, according to La Repubblica.
With both set to feature against second-placed Roma, former Juve midfielder Mauro Camoranesi is convinced the Bianconeri will be too strong for the Giallorossi.
"Conte's team can go two gears higher than Roma and all their rivals," he told Tuttosport. "I thought so in the summer and I'm even more convinced now. The Bianconeri will win their third successive Scudetto."